Bill Cosby faces preliminary hearing on sex charge


Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing next week to determine if his criminal sex assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.

Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian and actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public.

Bill Cosby arriving for a court appearance
Bill Cosby (Matt Rourke/AP/PA)

During the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby was grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex, making secret payments to ex-lovers and hosting the woman at his home.

They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team.

The preliminary hearing will take place on Tuesday.