Date Set for Cosby's Hearing in Sex Assault Case - NBC Bay Area

Date Set for Cosby's Hearing in Sex Assault Case



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    Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a court appearance Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004.

    A date has been set for a preliminary hearing in the criminal sex assault case against Bill Cosby.

    The married comedian will appear May 24 in a Pennsylvania courthouse to face charges over a 2004 encounter at his home with a then-Temple University employee. The woman says she was drugged and molested. Cosby says they engaged in consensual sex acts.

    Tuesday's hearing announcement comes a day after an appeals court rejected Cosby's attempt to throw out his case because of what he called a decade-old deal not to prosecute him.

    A former prosecutor has said he promised to never prosecute Cosby and urged him to testify in the woman's lawsuit.

    The release of that testimony last year led a new prosecutor to arrest him.