dre beats headphones wireless Cosby’s criminal case can resume after court rejects appeal
Former prosecutor Bruce Castor has said he promised he would never prosecute Cosby and urged him to testify in the woman’s civil lawsuit. The release of that testimony last year led a new prosecutor to arrest him.
In the lengthy deposition, taken over four days in 2005 and 2006, the long married Cosby acknowledged a series of affairs and said he had gotten quaaludes to give to women he hoped to seduce.
The decision Monday paves the way for Cosby to return to court for a preliminary hearing. He has not yet entered a plea in the case, but remains free on $1 million bail posted after his Dec. 30 arrest.
His lawyers did not immediately return messages. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele planned to issue a statement later in the day.
Cosby is meanwhile locked in a number of legal battles around the country with women who accuse him of sexual assault or defamation.
He has countersued some of them, including the Pennsylvania accuser. His lawsuit accuses her of breach of contract for talking to police who reopened the case last year, given the confidential settlement of the lawsuit she filed against him after Castor turned down the case.
Castor re emerged in the case last fall as a key defense witness who said he had made a deal that Cosby would never be charged. Castor last year was running to return to the district attorney’s office. He was defeated by Steele.
Cosby acknowledged in the deposition that he gave the Temple ex employee, Andrea Constand, the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before engaging in sex acts with her at his home near Philadelphia. He calls the encounter consensual.
Constand, who had sought career advice from Cosby, left her job with the Temple women’s basketball team that spring. She returned home to Toronto and began training to become a massage therapist.
A year later, she contacted police to report the alleged sexual assault.
Thirteen other women came forward by the time she settled her lawsuit in 2006 to say that Cosby had also molested them. Cosby in the deposition described a long history of womanizing, including extramarital affairs with several of the accusers. However, he said he never assaulted anyone or gave them drugs unknowingly.
Dozens of women have since added their names to the list of accusers. But the statute of limitations had run on virtually all of them, and Constand’s is the only case to result in criminal charges.
Hudson, Fierstein to lead cast of ‘Hairspray Live!’
NEW YORK Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” on Dec. 7.
Based on the cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore, the show concerns the full figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program.
Hudson, who will play Motormouth Maybelle, is currently in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple.” She won an Oscar and Golden Globe in 2007 in the hit film “Dreamgirls.”
Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay, will cross dress and play Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mother, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of “Hairspray.”
“I really hope this gives people a simple reminder to persevere,” Day said. “That’s what the song is all about. That’s why I like this Coke campaign, because it makes you inspire community. I hope people are able to see the encouraging stories through this.”
Purchasers of the cups can also view the short film documentary “I Rise,” inspired by Day’s single “Rise Up.” The film can be watched on a cellular device after scanning a cup using Shazam’s new image recognition technology.
The film features four African American women, showcasing the impact they’re making in their communities.
Customers who purchase the Coca Cola products at McDonald’s will also qualify through the “I’ll Rise 365 Sweepstakes” for a chance to see Day perform at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans in June.
“Andra was an easy choice because she’s an amazing talent,” said Umut Ozaydinli of Deviant Ventures, a marketing agency for Coca Cola. “Her song ‘Rise Up’ has all the elements of an anthem. This is a great partnership with this great artist and these brands. She’s going to be an artist to remember for years to come.”
Ozaydinli said Day will be the first music artist to appear on a Coca Cola cup during the company’s partnership with McDonald’s.
Day was paired with Serena Williams in a Beats by Dr. Dre commercial, has appeared in an Apple commercial with Stevie Wonder, performed at the White House and was featured in ESPN’s recent Black History Month special. She received several Grammy nominations and performed at the awards show earlier this year.
Day will appear on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 13 issue.
“I think gratitude is a big thing,” she said. “It puts you in a place where you’re humble. It’s not just you putting all this together. I give credit to my team. I have dedicated people from my label, my fans and people at these companies that believe in me.”
Warner Bros. Records executive Lori Feldman said more brands are gravitating toward Day because of the singer’s talented voice, humble character and positively strong messages in her songs. Feldman and Ozaydinli played instrumental roles in creating the partnership between Day, Coca Cola and McDonald’s.
“She puts greatness out there and receives it back from people,” said Feldman, the executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing at the label. “When people go to her shows or see her on television, it’s an empowering moment.”