Bill Cosby has been ordered by a judge to stand trial over an allegation of sexual assault.
It is the first criminal case that has been made out of dozens of claims against the American comedian, reports Sky News.
Cosby stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, while she was an employed by a basketball team at Cosby’s former Philadelphia university.
Constand claims Cosby gave her three pills which left her dizzy, and she awoke with her bra out of place.
According to the 2005 police report, Constand, now 43, claimed:
Everything was blurry and dizzy. I felt nauseous.Advertisement
She also argued that Cosby told her the pills were herbal medication, and the entertainer encouraged her to drink wine despite her previously refusing.
Constand, who now lives in Canada, was not present at the Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday as the judge ordered the 78-year-old to stand trial.
Cosby has argued that he and Constand engaged in consensual sexual activity, and his lawyers have questioned why she continued to see the comic after the alleged assault, even returning to his Philadelphia mansion.
Over 50 women have accused Cosby of similar assaults although most cannot be taken to court as they have expired under the statutes of limitation.
His lawyers continue to maintain his innocence.