The Cosby Show star faces an aggravated indecent assault charge for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

He was slated to attend a preliminary hearing regarding the matter on 8 March (16), when a judge was to determine if there was probably cause to send the case to trial.

However, Cosby has been given some breathing room after officials at the Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued an order on Tuesday (01Mar16) that temporarily stays the hearing, pending a verdict on Cosby's appeal asking for the case to be dismissed.

Cosby's lawyers moved to have the hearing delayed last month (Feb16), when they asked the court to review their argument that the embattled comedian reportedly had an agreement in place with a previous district attorney, who promised to not press charges over his deposition regarding the alleged encounter with Constand.

The defence team insists the prosecutor filed the new sexual assault charge against Cosby partly because of the statements he made in a 2006 deposition, in which he confessed to obtaining sedatives called Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby has been accused of rape, drugging and performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women in the past 18 months. The comic maintains he is innocent.