. Cosby.>> Bill Cosby back in criminal court Tuesday fo the first time since his lawyers failed to get the sexual assault charges against him dropped. Reuters legal correspondent Joseph X is covering the preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania and he says it could get intense.>> This is the only criminal case to stem from the series of sexual assault allegations that have come against Bill Cosby from approximately 50 women, stretching back to the 1960s.
The vast majority of those accusations, even if true, couldn't be prosecuted because of Statute of Limitation problems, so this is actually the only case that's resulted in criminal changes. The victim is Andrea Constand.>> The hearing focuses on the allegation that Cosby in 2004 drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, a former basketball coach at his Temple University Alma Mater.
Pennsylvania prosecutors leveled their charges in December days before the statute of limitations was to expire. Cosby was deposed in a lawsuit brought by Constand a decade ago. They later settled out of court.>> The hearing should give observers a glimpse into how much evidence prosecutors have against Cosby.
Some of his own words in the civil deposition that he gave in her lawsuit about a decade ago where he admitted having given quaaludes to other women prior to having sex with them. Although, again, he said it was consensual. And he also admitted to giving Constand what he characterized as allergy medicine.
>> If prosecutors convince the judge at this hearing that enough evidence against Cosby exists, then that clears the way for a criminal trial.