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Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial starts today in Pennsylvania

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The sexual assault trial of actor and comedian Bill Cosby will begin today in Pennsylvania and is expected to last about two weeks, reports the BBC.

Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, claims that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. Cosby, however, says that he is innocent and that the encounter was consensual.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The maximum sentence for each charge is a sentence of 10 years and a fine up to $25,000. 

Ms. Constand befriended Cosby through Temple University in Philadelphia and wound up visiting the comedian's home. 

Constand says that Cosby gave her three blue pills that made her feel "like jelly." Constand then contends that Cosby touched her inappropriately. 

The comedian settled with Constand in 2006, providing her an undisclosed sum.

Prosecutors are expected to rely on the Ms. Constand's testimony, as well as the testimony of a woman known as "Kacey," who says that she was assaulted by Cosby during the 1990s. They will also bring up the fact that Cosby admitted to using drugs in trying to have sex with women in 2005. 

Cosby is expected to defend himself by saying that the encounter with Constand was consensual and that the drugs were simply meant to help women relax rather than to render them helpless. 

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