Facing criminal charges in the state for the sexual assault of Constand in 2004, Cosby has been unsuccessful in his attempts to get the case by the Montgomery County D.A. office tossed out, halted or reassessed. According to multiple reports, the judge presiding over the case has now set Cosby's trial for no later than June 5, 2017.
The defense team will also be filing a motion for a change of venue, due to Montgomery County district attorney Kevin Steele's having run an ad calling Cosby a "predator" during his campaign.
The Philadelphia district attorney has asked Judge Steven O'Neill to allow the testimony of 13 women who say Cosby raped them from 1964 to 2002. They include several aspiring actresses and models, as well as waitresses, a flight attendant, a masseuse and a donut shop clerk.
Much of Tuesday's proceeding focused on a recording of a telephone conversation between Cosby and Constand's mother.
"I know this is a beep, ' Cosby said". Prosecutors want 13 of those women to testify to show a pattern of behavior. The 13 women have been narrowed down from a group of 50 women that claim to have had similar encounters with Cosby.
Cosby's defence team is expected to oppose the testimony but the judge postponed the hearing to give them more time to review the material.
She painted the comedian as a victim of a "shoot first, ask questions later" frenzy.
Pennsylvania's criminal investigation against Cosby was relaunched 14 months ago.
At one point during the call, after a reported beep, Cosby can be heard asking if the call was being recorded.
But he has since abandoned that strategy in Philadelphia, where he dropped the lawsuit filed against Constand, her lawyers and her mother.
McMonagle, his voice rising, told the judge that his client was "lied to".
Cosby has so far lost his efforts to have the charges thrown out.
Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault, also known as felony sexual assault, in the incident.
The embattled comedian has denied all allegations, and his legal team tried and failed on numerous occasions to have his current assault charges dismissed. The case was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.
In a deposition for that suit, Cosby said he gave Constand some Benadryl and then fondled her but insisted the contact was consensual. To use the deposition now violates Cosby's right against self-incrimination, they say.
After the hearing setting his court date, Cosby's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, made a statement to reporters on Tuesday alleging that Cosby is the victim of racial bias and prejudice and indicated that civil rights issues may play a part in the trial. However, the prosecution in the sexual assault case has argued that it is legal because in the jurisdiction where it was recorded, only one-party consent is required.