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  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges 
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  • The judge concluded Officer Edward Nero played little role in the arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray in  
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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After growing up in Oakland, Ca., it has taken actor Russell Hornsby some time to adjust to life in Portland.

"The dampness and the gray can get to you," he says. "But after you've been here for a while it becomes endearing. I love the food and the people. The proximity is nice in comparison to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York."

Hornsby has considered Portland a "wonderful rest spot" since he came to the city in March of last year to shoot scenes for the show "Grimm." But he says he found himself isolated for the first few months of his time in Portland, partly due to the lack of people of color in the city.

"You go out and there are not many people that look like you," he says. "However, having lived in major cities like L.A. and New York, you pretty much expect not as much diversity in the smaller cities."

Hornsby says that also played a part in his decisions to fly back to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

In fact, he says he flies home to L.A. every other weekend, depending on when his wife comes up to visit. He says his wife, who is also from L.A., enjoys the change of pace of life in Portland.

The 2005-2009 American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau estimates that L.A.'s population is 3,796,840 people with a 9.8 percent Black population and a 29.4 percent non-Hispanic White population. In comparison, Portland has a population of 583,776. Its Black population is 7.8 percent and the non-Hispanic whites make up 73.9 percent.

The lack of diversity in the city has also played a role in the casting of extras on "Grimm."

Hornsby says there is a need for diversity amongst extras and guest stars on the show.

"Diversity is necessary," he says. "We need more Black extras. More Black guest stars. More Hispanic guest stars. More Asian guest stars."

He notes that Portland has a smaller pool of people to pull from, which contributes to the lack of diversity, but he hopes more people of color will come out to work as extras on the show.

The NBC drama is set in Portland and is inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales. It revolves around a homicide detective who "is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as 'Grimms,' charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world."

Hornsby plays the main detective's partner Hank Griffin.

"He's a veteran detective," he says. "He's cynical and has been married and divorced four times."

Griffin is just the latest of Hornsby's credits, which include roles in films like "Meet the Parents" and "Get Rich or Die Trying," and television programs such as "Playmakers," "Lincoln Heights" and "In Treatment."

Hornsby says that "Grimm's" producers chose Portland as the setting because of its ideal backdrop.

"There are so many forests and so much lush green," he says. "There is incessant gray and rain."

Hornsby says he's often on set for 15 to 16 hours a day shooting "Grimm," which has limited his interaction with the city.

When he is not on the set, Hornsby enjoys rock climbing and spending time in Powell's bookstore.

"I'm a big fan of Walter Mosley," he says. "I enjoy stories about the black Every Man and how he navigates through society."

Hornsby says mysteries are his guilty pleasure.

Recently he has been buried in "Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur," by Michael Eric Dyson, which he says is especially interesting because 2pac was a big part of his life growing up in Oakland.

Besides Powell's, Hornsby has endeared himself to a few other local spots including Lovejoy's Bakery, where he gets breakfast and pastries, and Irving Street Kitchen. When he's in town he gets his hair cut at Terrell Brandon's Barbershop on Alberta Street.

Currently, Hornsby is back in L.A. waiting for the word on whether Grimm will be brought back for a second season.

"We'll start shooting sometime in the summer if and when we get the green light," says Hornsby.

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