Bill Cosby's appeal challenging the legality of his sexual assault charges has been denied.
The Cosby Show star, 78, appeared in Montgomery County Courthouse, Pennsylvania last month (May16) for a preliminary hearing on felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in the state in 2004.
Judge Elizabeth MCHugh ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial, and set his arraignment for 20 July (16).
Earlier this month (Jun16), Cosby's lawyer filed a motion requesting the case be dismissed or a new preliminary hearing be set. In the legal papers filed, his attorneys claimed The Cosby Show star was denied the proper process pertaining to the hearing.
The lawyers are seeking to question Constand during the preliminary hearing and do not approve of hearsay testimony being used during the process.
However, prosecutors state a new law protects Constand from having to appear in court multiple times. A trial date has yet to be set, but the next hearing is scheduled for 7 July (16).
Meanwhile, Cosby's appeal concerning a deal with a former prosecutor protecting him from being charged was denied.
Earlier this year (16), Cosby's legal team requested a dismissal of a trial, arguing the 78-year-old reportedly had an agreement in place with a previous district attorney, who promised not to press charges over his deposition regarding the alleged encounter with Constand. The defence team insisted the prosecutor filed the new sexual assault charge against Cosby partly because of the leaked statements he made in a 2006 deposition, in which he confessed to obtaining sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
The veteran comedian, who is free on $1 million (£680,000) bail, has been accused of rape, drugging and/or performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women. 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.
He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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