Five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them will be allowed to testify at his upcoming retrial, a judge ruled Thursday.
Prosecutors wanted 19 accusers to take the standagainst the fallen funnyman at his trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection March 29, in hopes of proving a pattern of behavior.
They will be able to choose who they want to testify, according to the order from Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill.
Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach, at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.
His first trial ended last year with a hung juryfollowing nearly 60 hours of deliberations.
Prosecutors were only allowed to call one accuser other than Constand to try to prove their case.
Kelly Johnson, who worked as an assistant to Cosby’s agent at the time, cried as she recalled how the comedian invited her to his hotel and made her swallow a pill. She said she woke up half-naked and woozy and heard him grunting behind her.
Source: Page Six ( Lia Eustachewich)
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