Fame and celebrity

Bill Cosby’s prosecutors want to call 19 other accusers to testify at his date-rape retrial

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 January, 2018, 3:14am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 January, 2018, 3:14am

Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of “prior bad acts” over five decades.

The comedian’s first trial ended with a hung jury in June. In that proceeding, prosecutors asked to call 13 other accusers, but the judge allowed only one to testify.

A lawyer for Cosby says she can’t comment on Thursday’s filing.

The 80-year-old comedian is charged with knocking out a Temple University employee with pills and sexually assaulting her in 2004.

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Cosby has said the sexual encounter was consensual.

Pennsylvania law allows testimony about “prior bad acts” if they fit a nearly identical crime pattern. Prosecutors say that is the case for the TV star once dubbed “America’s Dad.”

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