Judge: Cosby Accusers' Testimony Pointed To 'Signature' Crime

Bill Cosby's legal team is readying a long-shot bid to get his sexual assault conviction overturned. They're also fighting civil lawsuits filed by some accusers that threaten to drain his vast fortune. (Sept. 27) AP

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PHILADELPHIA – The judge who presided over Bill Cosby's criminal case said he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had "chilling similarities" that pointed to a "signature" crime.

A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, after hearing from her and the five others. Cosby, 81, is appealing his conviction based on the women's testimony and other key rulings by Montgomery County Judge Stephen O'Neill.

Cosby began serving a three- to 10-year prison term in September at a state prison near Philadelphia.

O'Neill, in a lengthy opinion filed Tuesday, said he found "striking similarities" in the women's descriptions of their encounters with the comedian long beloved as "America's Dad."

"In each instance, (he) met a substantially younger woman, gained her trust, invited her to a place where he was alone with her, provided her with a drink or drug, and sexually assaulted her once she was rendered incapacitated," O'Neill wrote. "These chilling similarities rendered (their) testimony admissible."

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A jury last year convicted Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. (Photo: David Maialetti/AP)

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O'Neill had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby's first trial in June 2017, when a jury deadlock led to a mistrial. Cosby was retried in April 2018, months after the #MeToo movement burst into view with sexual assault accusations against director Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood and beyond.

In the ruling Tuesday, O'Neill said the new defense team that handled Cosby's retrial never directly challenged him on the difference in his two trial rulings about the other accusers' testimony. At any rate, he said, judges are not bound by their prior decisions.

The defense, in outlining their appeal issues, have also argued that Cosby had a binding agreement with a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, that he would never be charged in the case. O'Neill again rejected the claim Tuesday, finding the signed press release from Castor — used to bolster the claim — falls short of an immunity agreement.

Castor had investigated Constand's complaint for about a month in 2005 before deciding not to bring a case, questioning why she waited a year to contact police. Before the year was out, 13 other accusers had come forward to support the lawsuit Constand filed against Cosby. He settled the case for $3.4 million.

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Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to a three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault.  (Photo: Jacqueline Larma, AP)

When Cosby's deposition from the lawsuit became public in 2015, and the criminal case was reopened, Castor for the first time told his successor about the supposed "non-prosecution" agreement. He forwarded their correspondence to Cosby's defense lawyer and testified as a defense witness at a 2016 hearing, O'Neill noted.

O'Neill also rejected defense efforts to have him step down from the case because of his alleged bias, and outlined the four-year legal process that led up to Cosby's conviction and sentencing.

Cosby's latest team of lawyers has been awaiting the opinion so they can proceed with the appeal in Pennsylvania courts. The lead lawyer, Brian Perry, did not immediately return a phone message on Tuesday.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, in a statement to USA TODAY, said "O’Neill continues to try and cover-up his errors, knowing that these charges should have never been brought to light against Mr. Cosby. … O’Neill continues to show his hatred for Mr. Cosby, by reconstructing the laws, which are based on his personal beliefs, not facts."

The Associated Press does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.

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Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill walks to courtroom C before Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Pool photo by Corey Perrine>FullscreenBill Cosby walks back to courtroom C after a break
Bill Cosby walks back to courtroom C after a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Pool photo by Corey Perrine>FullscreenTom Mesereau, center, lawyer for actor and comedian
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Bill Cosby, center left, is escorted during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Pool photo by Corey Perrine>FullscreenMedia ready for Bill Cosby, not shown, before arriving
Media ready for Bill Cosby, not shown, before arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 2, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Corey Perrine, AP>FullscreenProtestors with Black Women's Blueprint demonstrate
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Bill Cosby, center, arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 2, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Corey Perrine, AP>FullscreenActor/ stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives to the
Actor/ stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives to the first day of Jury Selection for his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 2, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. Gilbert Carrasquillo, WireImage>FullscreenLawyer for actor and comedian Bill Cosby, Tom Mesereau,
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Prosecution documents in the case against actor and comedian Bill Cosby are wheeled into the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. on March 30, 2018. Cosby's lawyers and prosecutors will argue over the number of his accusers allowed to testify at his sexual assault retrial. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenActor and comedian Bill Cosby boards the elevator after
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby boards the elevator after a pretrial hearing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. on March 30, 2018. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenActor and comedian Bill Cosby returns to the courtroom
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby returns to the courtroom for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. on March 30, 2018. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his
Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case on March 30, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenActor and comedian Bill Cosby, 2nd from left,  walks
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, 2nd from left, walks past journalists filing stories during a recess in the pretrial hearing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., March 29, 2018. Cosby's lawyers and prosecutors will argue over the number of his accusers allowed to testify at his sexual assault retrial. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenActor and comedian Bill Cosby, left,  leaves the courtroom
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, left, leaves the courtroom with his local attorney Lane Vines during a recess of a pretrial hearing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on March 29, 2018. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual
Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case on March 29, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse
Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on March 6, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's lawyers and prosecutors will argued over the number of his accusers allowed to testify at his sexual assault retrial. Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pa., after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault case, 11 days after the trial began and following 52 hours of deliberations. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby gestures as he departs the Montgomery County
Bill Cosby gestures as he departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the mistrial in his sexual assault trial, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby after a mistrial in his sexual assault case,
Bill Cosby after a mistrial in his sexual assault case, with his lawyers Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, and his publicist Andrew Wyatt, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenDistrict Attorney Kevin Steele talks the media about
District Attorney Kevin Steele talks the media about the mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, vowing to retry the case, in Norristown, Pa., June 17, 2017. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenAccuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom after
Accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom after the mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. She later asked for privacy. Pool, Getty Images>FullscreenDolores Troiani, civil lawyer for Andrea Constand,
Dolores Troiani, civil lawyer for Andrea Constand, at the Montgomery County Courthouse after Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in mistrial. Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa., Troiani handled Constand's 2005 civil suit which helped bring about the criminal case a decade later. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenOther Bill Cosby accusers were in the courtroom when
Other Bill Cosby accusers were in the courtroom when the mistrial was declared, including (l-r) Victoria Valentino, Lili Bernard and Jewel Allison. Pool, Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby gives a thumbs-up as he arrives for a third
Bill Cosby gives a thumbs-up as he arrives for a third day of jury deliberations at his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa. on June 14, 2017. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt, left, talks to
Bill Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt, left, talks to the media outside the courthouse while jury deliberations continued inside on June 13, 2017. Patrick Semansky, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby on Day 5 of his sexual assault trial, when
Bill Cosby on Day 5 of his sexual assault trial, when prosecutors rested their case, on June 9, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby gives a thumbs-up to supporters as he gets
Bill Cosby gives a thumbs-up to supporters as he gets in his car outside the courthouse on Day 5 of his sexual assault trial, after the prosecution rested its case, on June 9, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. The defense will present its case starting June 12. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby arrived for his sexual assault trial at
Bill Cosby arrived for the first day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on June 5, 2017. Take a look at some of the other key players at the trial. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenCamille Cosby accompanied her husband to court on June
Camille Cosby accompanied her husband to court on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pa. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenPhotographers captured Cosby having a gleeful moment
In addition to his lawyers, bodyguards and assistants, Cosby arrived for the first day of his trial accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show' and has defended him for two years. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenOn Day 3 of the trial, former co-star Sheila Frazier
On Day 3 of the trial, former co-star Sheila Frazier and Frazier's husband John Atchison, Cosby's hairstylist, accompanied Cosby to the courthouse on June 7, 2017. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenOn Day 4 of the trial, Bill Cosby was accompanied by
On Day 4 of the trial, Bill Cosby was accompanied by comedians Joe Torry, left, and Lewis Dix, center left, on June 8, 2017. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenThe Cosby defense team, Brian McMonagle and Angela
The Cosby defense team, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, on Day 1 of the Cosby sexual assault trial, arriving at the courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 5, 2017. TRACIE VAN AUKEN, EPA>FullscreenMontgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden, on the prosecution team, arrives at the courthouse on Day 2 of the Cosby trial, on June 6, 2017. Pool, Getty Images>FullscreenDistrict Attorney Kevin Steele, prosecutor in the Bill
District Attorney Kevin Steele, prosecutor in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case, on Day 3 of the trial in Norristown, Pa., June 7, 2017. Mark Makela, Getty Images>FullscreenAttorney Gloria Allred represents dozens of Cosby accusers,
Attorney Gloria Allred represents dozens of Cosby accusers, including a witness who testified at the trial that he drugged and assaulted her in 1996. Allred has been at the trial every day since Day 1, on June 5, 2017. Mark Makela>FullscreenSome of the documents in the Cosby case are wheeled
Some of the documents in the Cosby case are wheeled into the courtroom on Day 3 of the trial, June 7, 2017. Mark Makela, Pool Photo-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenJournalists at work during a break in the Bill Cosby
Journalists at work during a break in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial on Day 5, June 9, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. LUCAS JACKSON, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt speaks to media
Bill Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt speaks to media during Cosby's sexual assault trial June 9, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenSome Cosby accusers are attending the trial even though
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Two other Bill Cosby accusers also are attending his trial: Lili Bernard, (L), who says Cosby drugged and raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in about 1975, and Victoria Valentino, who says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1970, outside the courtroom on Day 4 of the trial, June 8, 2017. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenHe gripped the arm of an assistant during his appearance.
Cosby gripped the arm of an assistant as he walked into the courthouse on June 5, 2017. DOMINICK REUTER, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenLocked out of the courthouse, media cameras gathered
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Jury selection in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial began May 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Cosby arrived at the Allegheny County Courthouse clutching the arm of an assistant. Pool, Getty Images>FullscreenThe Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh where
The Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh where jury selection began in the Bill Cosby sex-assault trial. Lawyers will spend the week picking a dozen jurors and six alternates who will be taken to suburban Philadelphia and sequestered for the duration of the trial starting June 5. DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBrian McMonagle, Bill Cosby's defense attorney, arrives
Brian McMonagle, Bill Cosby's defense attorney, arrives at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, on May 22, 2017. DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenThe man prosecuting Bill Cosby, District Attorney Kevin
The man prosecuting Bill Cosby, District Attorney Kevin Steele of Montgomery County, arrives at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh for jury selection on May 22, 2017. DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual
Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 3, 2017. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby has spent the last 15 months arriving for
Bill Cosby has spent the last 15 months arriving for and leaving pretrial hearings for his pending sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on April 3, 2017. CLEM MURRAY, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby arrives with his legal team and bodyguards
Bill Cosby arrives with his legal team and bodyguards for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 3, 2017. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby arrived at courthouse in Norristown, Pa.,
Bill Cosby arrived at courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on Nov. 1, 2016 for more hearings on sex-assault charges against him. KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenSurrounded by lawyers and bodyguards and security,
Surrounded by lawyers and bodyguards and security, Cosby needed assistance walking and carried a cane. Mel Evans, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby arrives at courthouse in Norristown, Pa.,
Bill Cosby arrives at courthouse in Norristown, Pa., for a hearing in his sexual assault case on Nov. 1, 2016. Mel Evans, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby's lawyers, Angela Agrusa and Brian McMonagle,
Bill Cosby's lawyers, Angela Agrusa and Brian McMonagle, arrive at the courthouse for hearing on the sexual assault charges against Cosby, on Nov. 1, 2016. KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenCelebrity attorney Gloria Allred, arriving for a Bill
Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, arriving for a Bill Cosby pre-trial hearing in Norristown, Pa., represents dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, including some of 13 accusers who may get to testify to his alleged "prior bad acts" at his forthcoming trial on criminal charges. KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby arrives for another pretrial hearing in
Bill Cosby arrives for another pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 6, 2016. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby seemed to be in a good mood, laughing as
Bill Cosby seemed to be in a good mood, laughing as he arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse for another hearing on the aggravated indecent assault charges against him, on Sept. 6, 2016. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby needed a cane and assistance inside the
Bill Cosby needed a cane and assistance inside the Montgomery County Courthouse as he arrived for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 6, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenWhy is this man smiling? Bill Cosby arrives for the
Bill Cosby is smiling as he arrives for the latest hearing in his criminal sex-assault case, at the courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby gestured as he arrived outside the courthouse
Bill Cosby gestured as he arrived outside the courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on July 7, surrounded by scores of reporters and media cameras. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenAccompanied by lawyers and bodyguards, Bill Cosby arrives
Accompanied by lawyers and bodyguards, Bill Cosby arrives for the latest pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., July 7, 2016. Cosby is appealing a decision to send the case to trial before his lawyers can question the accuser under oath. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby waves as he arrives at the Montgomery County
Bill Cosby waves as he arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for his first preliminary hearing on aggravated indecent sexual assault charges, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Matt Slocum, AP>FullscreenCosby is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand,
Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee now living in Canada. Constand, here in December 2015, did not testify in person at the preliminary hearing for Cosby on May 24. Marta Iwanek, AP>FullscreenBrian McMonagle, a Philadelphia lawyer who represented
Brian McMonagle, a Philadelphia lawyer who represented Cosby at his preliminary hearing on May 24, 2016. DOMINICK REUTER / POOL, EPA>FullscreenLawyers for Bill Cosby, including Monique Pressley,
Lawyers for Bill Cosby, including Monique Pressley, arrive at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pa. TRACIE VAN AUKEN, EPA>FullscreenBill Cosby looked less frail when he arrived for his
Bill Cosby looked less frail when he arrived for his preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pa., than he did for an earlier hearing in February. TRACIE VAN AUKEN, EPA>FullscreenBill Cosby grasped the arm of a bodyguard when he arrived
Bill Cosby grasped the arm of a bodyguard when he arrived for his preliminary hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse on May 24, 2016 in Norristown, Pa. Gilbert Carrasquillo, WireImage>FullscreenBill Cosby enters the Montgomery County (Pa.)  Courthouse
Bill Cosby enters the Montgomery County (Pa.) Courthouse on Feb. 3 for a hearing on charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault in 2004 in suburban Philadelphia. Tracie Van Auken, EPA>FullscreenComedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County
Starting in the fall of 2014, comedian Bill Cosby, 78, has been accused by about 60 women of drugging and sexuallyassaultingthem in episodesdating as far back as the 1960s. On Dec. 30, 2015, he was officially charged in Norristown, Pa., for an alleged assault in 2004. KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenComedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County
Cosby arrived for the second day of the hearing, which began on Feb. 2, flocked by aides. KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenUS comedian Bill Cosby arrives to the Montgomery County
Here Cosby arrives to the Montgomery County courthouse on Feb. 2 for the first day of the hearing. Kena Betancur,AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenUS comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County
Cosby's legal team hopes to convince the judge to dismiss the charge against him. Kena Betancur, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenUS comedian Bill Cosby arrives on  Dec. 30, 2015, to
Cosby arrives on Dec. 30, 2015, to the Court House in Elkins Park, Pa. to face charges of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby was arraigned over an incident that took place in 2004 -- the first criminal charge filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse. Kena Betancur, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenBill Cosby walks the press gauntlet upon arrival for
Bill Cosby walks past the press upon arrival for his arraignment, Wednesday, in Elkins Park, Pa. Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby leaves the Court House in Elkins Park, Pa.
Bill Cosby leaves the Court House in Elkins Park, Pa. after a 10 minute arraignment on charges of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby pleaded not guilty,posted $1 million bail, and turned over his passport as a condition for being released on bail. Kena Betancur, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenThis booking photograph of Bill Cosby released by the
This booking photograph of Bill Cosby released by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, who was arrested and charged Wednesday. Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney via AP>FullscreenFILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, entertainer
On Dec. 30, 2015, he was officially charged in Norristown, Pa., for an alleged assault in 2004. AP>FullscreenBill Cosby reacts to a reporter's question while attending
Dec. 30, 2015, marks the first time charges have been officially brought against the beleaguered comedian. Mark Lennihan, AP>Fullscreen"The evidence is strong and sufficient enough to proceed
"The evidence is strong and sufficient enough to proceed with the charges," Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said at a news conference. The decision by his boss, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, reverses a decision by her predecessor who had ruled that there was not enough evidence to warrant an arrest. AP>FullscreenSPECIAL TO USA TODAY--Robert Culp, right, and Bill
Cosby made his acting debut in 1965 as Alexander Scott in adventure-espionage series 'I-Spy.' The show marked the first time a black performer starred in a regular, prime-time U.S. drama. AP>FullscreenCosby created 'Little Bill,' which premiered in 1999
Cosby created 'Little Bill,' which premiered in 1999 on Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon>FullscreenCosby showed how innocent children are with 'Kids Say
Cosby showed how innocent children are with 'Kids Say the Darndest Things,' which first aired in 1998. Monty Brinton, CBS>FullscreenCosby stands with his wife and Nelson Mandela in 1997.
Bill Cosby stands with his wife Camille and former South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997. Mandela died in 2013. Sasa Kralj, AP>FullscreenOprah Winfrey massages Cosby on her show. The comedian
Oprah Winfrey with Cosby on her show. The comedian wears a "Hello, Friend" shirt. That's the name of the foundation established after Cosby's son, Ennis, was killed in 1997. George Burns, AP>FullscreenEnnis Cosby was shot in 1997. Bill Cosby sits with
Ennis Cosby was shot in 1997. Bill Cosby sits with his son at a Knicks game in 1994. Andrea Mohin, AP>FullscreenBill Cosby holds up a portrait of Ennis before the
Bill Cosby holds up a portrait of Ennis before the taping of an episode of 'Cosby' after his son's murder in 1997. Alan Singer, AP>FullscreenAUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10:  Actor/comedian Bill Cosby performs
Well into his 70s, Cosby has continued doing comedy. He performs at SXSW in March 2014. Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images>FullscreenLAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26:  Comedian/actor Bill
In September 2014, at age 77, Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller, Getty Images>FullscreenEntertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during
Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day celebration in November 2014 at the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Matt Rourke, AP>FullscreenEntertainer Bill Cosby photographed at his agent's
USA TODAY photographed the entertainer in Los Angeles in 1998. Amy Etra>Fullscreen

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