The date is now set for Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges of sexual assault stemming from a 2004 incident. The AP reports that Judge Steven O’Neill set the trial date for April 2, with jury selection cleared to begin ahead of that date.
The fallen TV icon is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University worker Andrea Constand. Cosby says his 2004 sexual encounter with Constand at his home near Philadelphia was consensual.
“The retrial was initially set for November, but last month O’Neill granted a request by Cosby’s new lawyers to delay it so they could get up to speed on the case,” the AP notes, adding: “The 80-year-old comedian’s first trial in June ended in a hung jury.”