Comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial for felony indecent assault after a judge determined today that there is sufficient evidence in a Pennsylvania case to proceed to trial.
Cosby, who appeared in court for the pretrial hearing, will return to court July 20, with the start date for his trial still to be determined, CNN reports.
“Cosby faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. She was the first of more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct,” CNN reports. “If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison.”
With Constand not in court today, the defense team questioned the reliability of her 2005 statement to police, the story reports.
“In the statement, Constand said Cosby invited her to his home in 2004 and told her to wear comfortable clothes. Constand said she was given two pills to ‘take the edge off’ and was later sexually assaulted,” CNN notes.
The report adds: “Bruce Castor, the Montgomery County district attorney at the time of the alleged incident, did not file sexual assault charges against Cosby, citing ‘insufficient credible and admissible evidence.'”