Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in the only criminal case against him amid dozens of accusations of sexual assault.
If convicted, the 78-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison.
Andrea Constand of Toronto, who was a Temple University employee in Pennsylvania at the time of the alleged assault in 2004, told police in 2005 that Cosby drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia.
No charges were laid at that time.
Prosecutors reopened the case last year after dozens of women leveled similar allegations and after Cosby’s sealed deposition in Constand’s lawsuit was made public.
He settled her lawsuit for an undisclosed sum in 2006 after testifying about his extramarital affairs, his use of quaaludes to seduce women and his efforts to hide payments to former lovers from his wife.
District Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled that prosecutors had sufficient evidence to bring Cosby to trial, and she set his arraignment for July 20, at which time the embattled comedian will enter a plea and a trial date will be set.
Cosby is free on $1-million bail. The case involving Constand is the only criminal charge against Cosby, but he is also facing defamation, sex-assault, and insurance lawsuits in other states.
With files from Chris Jancelewicz.