Cosby files latest bid to question accuser before trial

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby is again fighting for the chance to question his accuser in court before his sexual-assault case goes to trial near Philadelphia.

Cosby’s lawyers have filed their latest appeal on the issue of whether accuser Andrea Constand must testify at a preliminary hearing.

The current case law in Pennsylvania lets prosecutors use police statements to spare victims the ordeal of repeated court testimony.

But the state Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the issue. Cosby’s lawyers say Constand should testify in case the law is reversed.

A Montgomery County judge has already upheld the charges and ordered the 79-year-old Cosby to stand trial.

He remains free on $1 million bail.

Cosby insists his sexual encounter with Constand in 2004 was consensual. She says she was drugged and assaulted.

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