Judge in Cosby retrial rules 5 past accusers can testify

Jury selection begins March 29. They argued prosecutors were looking to bolster a weak case with "ancient allegations" that would confuse and distract jurors in the #metoo era.

Earlier this month, legal experts told ABC News that the decision on whether additional accusers were allowed to testify could have a significant impact on whether Cosby is convicted or acquitted of the three felony charges he is facing.

The prosecution must identify the witnesses it intends to call by Monday. Therefore, they argued these allegations "establish the defendant followed the same script with each victim: he established himself into a position of trust and respect, sedated each victim with an intoxicant, and sexually assaulted each victim while they were incapacitated and unable to resist".

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The initial trial took place last June, but ended in a mistrial when the jurors failed to settle on a verdict.

All five have accused the 80-year-old actor of sexual misconduct and their testimony will be used against the comedian as he faces charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in Philadelphia in 2004. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, a judge agreed to let five additional Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 sexual assault retrial, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as "America's Dad" as a serial predator who made a habit of drugging and molesting women.

It won't be just Andrea Constand on the stand next month accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. It will reportedly be up to prosecutors to choose which accusers testify. The woman, according to the prosecution court filing, says she felt "woozy" and "fuzzy", then lost consciousness only to awake to discover evidence of intercourse. Cosby has maintained his contact with Constand was consensual. The eight, who are referred to by numbers court papers, say they were abused between 1982 and 1996. When they got to Cosby's dressing room, the woman said, Cosby started raping her, and there was nothing she could do, but lie there "like a rag doll".


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