Judge Says Sexual Assault Case Against Bill Cosby Can Go To Trial

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP)
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP)

A judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence for a sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby to move to trial.

The arraignment is set for July, Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY reports.

Cosby, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Andrea Constand alleges that Cosby assaulted her in his home in 2004; a statement she gave in 2005 was read during Tuesday's preliminary hearing. Constand did not appear in person.

The statement "said that Constand felt dizzy, had blurred vision and thought of calling 911 after Cosby allegedly gave her pills she thought were herbal medicine," Allyn reports. Cosby says the pills were Benadryl and the sexual contact was consensual.

"Since his arrest in December, Cosby's defense attorneys have been attempting to have the charges tossed before the case moves to trial," Allyn says.

Constand tried to prosecute in 2005, but the district attorney at the time said there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the case, as USA Today reports. The parties settled in 2006. New evidence, including a deposition given by Cosby, were enough to move the case forward in Pennsylvania this year.

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