Judge Will Allow Only Two Accusers To Testify Against Bill Cosby In Sexual Assault Case
A Pennsylvania judge will only allow one additional accuser to testify against Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial resulting from a woman’s 2005 claim that the comedian drugged and molested her at his Philadelphia estate.
Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015 after court documents showed that Cosby admitted to giving drugs and alcohol to a number of young women before sex over a 50-year span.
Cosby is set to go on trial over the 2005 claim by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in June. The judge ruled Friday that prosecutors will only allow one other accuser to testify and cannot call upon the 12 other women who accuse Cosby of similar sexual misconduct, according to Fox News.
After reviewing allegations of nearly 50 people, prosecutors requested that the judge allow 13 women–in addition to Constand–offer testimony in the trial. Cosby’s legal team objected the request of the prosecution who are trying to prove Cosby has a history of prior “bad acts.”
Cosby’s lawyers have argued that because of his wealth and fame, he’s become an easy target for the many women he’s met over the years, especially those with whom he’s had intimate relations with.
“We have seen a barrage of new accusers claiming, ‘Me, too,'” defense lawyer Angela Agrusa said, arguing against the prosecution’s attempt to bring a “prior bad act” testimony at Cosby.
The one additional witness to Constand claims she was assaulted by “The Cosby Show” star in 1996 in Los Angeles.
Cosby and his defense have continually maintained his innocence through nearly half a dozen court hearings since he was arrested in December of 2015. He is expected to appear in court Monday to ask that the case be moved to another county because of pretrial publicity.