An appeal by attorneys for comedian Bill Cosby was rejected, ensuring that he will stand trial in June for sexual assault in a Pennsylvania case from 2004.
“Cosby’s lawyers had argued that Montgomery County prosecutors violated his rights by refusing to call his accuser, Andrea Constand, as a witness at his preliminary hearing in May 2016,” Reuters reports. “The decision to introduce her allegations through police detectives who took her statement in 2005 robbed Cosby of his right to cross-examine Constand, his attorneys said.”
Steven O’Neill, the judge who will preside over the trial, ruled the case could move forward, and his decision was upheld by a mid-level appeals court., the report notes. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week declined to hear the appeal.
Constand has accused the TV icon of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his home in a Philadelphia suburb. The trial is scheduled for June 5.