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Bill Cosby Loses Latest Bid to Throw Out Criminal Sex Assault Case

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Bill Cosby lost his latest big to throw out the criminal sex assault case against him when the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Wednesday that accuser Andrea Constand did not have to testify in person at the entertainer’s preliminary hearing last May.

The court issued a one-sentence order denying Cosby’s request to either have the charges against him dismissed or get a new preliminary hearing where Constand would have to testify in person.

Rather than Constand testifying herself, a detective read decade-old statements from Constand at Cosby’s May preliminary hearing. Cosby’s attorneys argued he had a right to confront his accuser at the proceeding.

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Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, who will preside over the trial, currently scheduled for June 2017, had already rejected their argument.

Cosby’s legal team had no immediate response to the decision while a spokeswoman for Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said they were “obviously pleased” with it.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, now 43, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.

He has denied similar allegations from more than 50 women.