Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby to Move Forward

The criminal sex-assault case against Bill Cosby can proceed after Pennsylvania judge refused to throw it out on Monday.

Cosby’s lawyers had argued that the case against him should not go forward because of a 2005 deal in which former Montgomery County, Pa;, prosecutor Bruce Cantor pledged not to prosecute him over allegations of sexual assault by Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her a year earlier. The promise was part of a deal that would have Cosby testify in the woman’s civil lawsuit, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Cosby is facing trial over the alleged encounter at his home with the then-Temple University employee who says she was drugged and molested by the comedian. Cosby says they engaged in consensual sex acts.

The 78-year-old comedian was arrested and charged in December with the assault against Constand. But hers is one of dozens of sexual assault allegations against him.

Cosby has not yet entered a plea in the criminal case, and remains free on $1 million bail posted after his Dec. 30 arrest.

“We … look forward to the court setting a date so we can present our case,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement.