MORRISTOWN, Penn. — Bill Cosby will stand trial. A Pennsylvania judge ruled in a preliminary hearing Tuesday that there is enough evidence to proceed with trying the case in criminal court.
The 78-year-old is accused of three counts of felony indecent assault. His accuser is Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at Temple University who says during a visit to his home, Cosby gave her pills and wine that left her unable to consent to sex.
Cosby’s attorneys had argued the case should not go to trial because it was based on hearsay, with the issue being “an accusation made many years ago about an incident that allegedly occurred 12 years ago,” according to Cosby defense attorney Brian McMonagle. “I have never once had a case where the prosecution has relied, in a sexual abuse case, on exclusively hearsay evidence in a hearing,” McMonagle said during the hearing.
The comedy and TV legend has denied all allegations, even suing some of his more than 35 accusers for defamation. He attended the pretrial hearing, walking with the help of an assistant.
Cosby’s next court date is July 20. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.