Bill Cosby Wants His Accusers To Take Competency Test
Bill Cosby wants his accusers to take part in competency hearings his attorneys announced on the eve of a pre-trial hearing in his felony sexual assault case.
On Monday, attorneys for the 79-year-old comedian said that prosecution is relying on “tainted, unreliable memories of women, now in their senior years,” according to USA Today. Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in a felony sexual assault case from 2004.(RELATED: Bill Cosby Ordered To Stand Trial In Sexual Assault Case)
Defense attorney’s argue that the women’s memories have been “marred by time, media coverage of the case and their friendship with one another.” Adding their memory expect found that the women’s statements can be dismissed as nothing more than “stories of that night spent partying with a famous celebrity,” according to another report. (RELATED: Clinton Campaign Worried About Bill Cosby Clinton Foundation Ties)
The defense hopes to get competency/memory hearings for the woman allowed to testify in the current case. Prosecutors are expected to bring up 13 of 60 accusers to provide a pattern of “prior bad acts”
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania after a woman accused him of drugging and abusing her in his home 12 years ago. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years for violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent.
At the two-day trial in Pennsylvania his defense team hopes of getting the sexual assault charges he is facing dismissed.
Cosby has maintained his innocence. The felony trial will take place no later than June 5, 2017.