Prosecutors are requesting that 13 women who allege that they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby while intoxicated be allowed to testify in the upcoming trial against the disgraced 79-year-old comedian. Prosecutors said they had reviewed allegations from about 50 women and chose 13 to testify in order to demonstrate a pattern of behavior in the case. Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand after drugging her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Dozens of other women have made similar allegations against Cosby.
The defense, meanwhile, has moved to make inadmissible in court a telephone conversation recorded by Constrand’s mother in which the comedian admitted to “digital penetration” of her daughter but refused to say what pills he drugged her with. The defense has also requested that the case be moved out of Montgomery County on the basis that Montgomery D.A. Kevin Steele criticized his predecessor’s decision to not charge Cosby in 2005 as part of his campaign for office.
Cosby has fought to dismiss the charges against him since his arrest last December. Those efforts, however, have failed and the judge presiding in the case has said that the court will work to settle all outstanding pre-trial motions before a trial date of June 5, 2017. Cosby appeared in court holding onto an aide’s arm as he walked. The defense told the judge that the former star of The Cosby Show has gone blind.
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