The Cosby Show star is fighting a trio of felony aggravated indecent assault charges amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

Cosby's lawyers lost their initial bid to have the case dismissed last month (Apr16), after claiming the 78-year-old had an agreement in place with a previous district attorney, who promised he would not press charges over his civil lawsuit deposition regarding the alleged encounter with Constand.

In his lawsuit testimony, which was only unsealed last year (15), almost a decade after the case was settled, Cosby admitted to obtaining sedatives to give to women he wanted to sleep with. The information prompted authorities to reexamine the case and subsequently file the criminal counts he now faces.

The actor's lawyers then tried to delay the preliminary hearing, but their motion was rejected by Supreme Court officials on Monday (23May16), reports

Cosby is now expected to face Judge Steven O'Neill in a Norristown, Pennsylvania court on Tuesday, when he may also come face-to-face with Constand.

The veteran comedian, who is free on $1 million (£691,000) bail, has been accused of rape, drugging and performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women since late 2014. He has denied all allegations.

Almost all of the decades-old incidents cannot be brought to trial because the accusers waited too long to file complaints against Cosby.