Judge: 5 other accusers can testify at Bill Cosby's retrial

Bill Cosby left a pretrial hearing in his sexual-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. earlier this month

Bill Cosby left a pretrial hearing in his sexual-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. earlier this month

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Thursday said the judge's orders will allow five victims to testify in the upcoming Bill Cosby trial.

In a written ruling, the judge said prosecutors can select five witnesses from a group of eight.

Earlier this month, the prosecution filed a motion to present 19 of Cosby's accusers as prior bad acts, which the prosecution will use to establish a pattern of Cosby's alleged behavior.

Prosecutors contend the alleged 2004 assault that led to Cosby's only criminal charges was the latest in a five-decade pattern of him drugging and attacking dozens of women.

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Prosecutors argue Cosby used his power and appeal as a beloved entertainer to befriend younger women and then plied them with drugs or alcohol before assaulting them. That trial ended in a hung jury.

Jury selection for the Cosby trial is set to begin March 29 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

"(He) could not have been mistaken Ms. Constand was unconscious and unable to consent", Jappe said, "because he'd done it for so long". They said they would need extra time to look into the allegations.

Cosby has a new team of lawyers for his retrial and they vigorously fought the move to allow other accusers to testify.

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At last year's trial, Judge Steven O'Neil did not allow a handful of accusers to be included in Cosby's first trial. Johnson testified she met Cosby around 1990 through her employment working as an assistant to Cosby's personal appearance agent at the William Morris Agency.

"What are the chances that these 19 women get sexually assaulted and don't report until decades later when they hear about (Constand)?" attorney Becky James asked. She said she woke up to find her dress disheveled, her breasts exposed and Cosby forcing her to touch his genitals.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Dickinson have done. Johnson offered tearful testimony at Cosby's first trial, saying that the comedian intimidated her into taking a pill that made her vision go fuzzy at the swanky Bel-Air Hotel in the 1990s.

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