US prosecutors can proceed with a sexual assault charge against comedian Bill Cosby, a judge has ruled.

Mr. Cosby is accused of drugging and fondling a former Temple University employee in 2004.

Yesterday, Judge Steven O’Neill at a court in Norristown, just outside Philadelphia, rejected arguments made by Cosby’s lawyers that a previous ruling in 2005 made him immune from prosecution.

Dozens of women have said the actor assaulted them but the former TV star says the encounters were consensual.

The next step in this case will be a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for the actor to stand trial.

The comedian, once the highest paid US television star, could go to prison for 10 years if convicted.

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