Bill Cosby has lost another appeal in his ongoing sexual assault case, with a judge ruling the embattled comedian must stand trial.
The Cosby Show star is facing felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004.
At a preliminary hearing earlier this year (16), detectives read a statement Constand gave to authorities in 2005, prompting Cosby's lawyers to file an appeal arguing they should have been allowed to cross-examine the alleged victim in court to determine if there was enough evidence for the case to proceed.
Cosby was back in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania court on Thursday (07Jul16), when Judge Steven O'Neill refused to dismiss the criminal case against him, ruling the actor does not have the right to confront his accuser at a preliminary hearing and Constand's police testimony provided enough evidence to bring the case to trial. But the judge insisted Constand must appear and testify at the trial, a date for which has yet to be set.
Following the judge's ruling, Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt, released a statement, which read: "Once again the prosecution had the opportunity and the obligation to place Mr. Cosby's accuser under oath so that we can search for the truth but they refused. In this courthouse and in this state, we have always protected the liberty of our citizens by requiring accusations like these to be tested by an examination under oath but not today.
"Today a man who has meant so much to so many; a man who has given so much to so many; has had his constitutional rights trampled on. We truly believe that our Supreme Court will right this wrong and reverse this decision so that we can finish the mission of proving Mr. Cosby's innocence."
The veteran comedian has been accused of rape, drugging and/or performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women. He has denied all allegations.
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