Bill Cosby Will Face Sexual Assault Charges, Judge Rules

Bill Cosby will be tried on all charges of sexual assault brought by a Pennsylvania district attorney, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Cosby was in court for a preliminary hearing where the judge weighed the evidence to decide whether there was enough to proceed to a trial.

Cosby’s accuser Andrea Constand did not testify at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday to determine if the entertainer will have to face a trial on sexual assault charges, but prosecutors read a police report statement in which she told authorities in 2005 that he gave her pills that left her dizzy and she “started to panic.”

“I told him, ‘I can’t even talk, Mr. Cosby,’ I started to panic,” she told police that year, according to the Associated Press . She said that the entertainer penetrated her with his fingers after he gave her the pills in 2004, according to the AP.

“Everything was blurry and dizzy. I felt nauseous,” she said.

The judge in the case, Steven T. O’Neill, will determine whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle tried to ask questions about Constand’s statement and her crediblity, according to USA Today . Prosecutors objected to his questions, but he said, “I have a right to ask about this statement that they introduced.”

Cosby has contended that the sexual encounter was consensual. His attorneys have been raising questions about why she continued to see him after the incident and even went to one of his comedy shows. Also read were excerpts of Cosby’s interview with police, in which he said that he had given her Benadryl but she did not ask what they were, according to ABC News .

Cosby was charged on Dec. 30 with three counts of felony assault, but has not entered a plea. His attorneys are trying to get the case dismissed. Constand had filed a civil suit against Cosby that was settled in 2006, and the district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor , declined to file charges, citing insufficient evidence. But prosecutors filed charges after a deposition from Cosby was unsealed last summer.

Cosby entered the hearing at the Norristown, Pa. , courthouse on Tuesday morning.

More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Cosby has denied the claims of assault.

Ted Johnson © 2016 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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