Bill Cosby Sex Assault Case: Judge Will Allow Another Accuser to Testify

Experts told BuzzFeed News that Cosby's odds of prevailing in court would be significantly diminished if other alleged victims are allowed to testify. His trial is set to begin in June. He remains free on 10 percent of $1 million bail, pending trial.

The judge has ruled that prosecutors can't call on the twelve other accusers as "prior bad act" witnesses.

Bill Cosby, with the help of an aid, returns to court in Norristown, Penn.

At one point, the brief alleges, "defendant invited her to his home to read a script for a possible role on a popular show airing on NBC". She says she then remembers him sexually assaulting her on the bed.

To her surprise, Cosby was in his robe and slippers and no one else was in the bungalow, court documents claim. This is latest of many defamation suits against Cosby to be thrown out.

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The BBC film explores why it took so long for allegations against the entertainer to be taken seriously, and hears testimony from the journalists, co-stars and the accusers who fought for years for this side of the Cosby story to be heard.

Steele wrote, "T$3 hese distinctive similarities demonstrate that all fourteen incidents are so related that proof of one tends to establish proof of the other", states the Commonwealth's brief. She says he gave her acting lessons, then in an invitation to lunch, she says he gave her a pill that he said would help her relax.

Constand initially went to authorities with her allegations in January 2005.

In the summer of 2015, former top prosecutor Risa Vetri Ferman directed her office to review the case. The prosecutors said the testimony was important in showing a pattern of conduct by Mr Cosby that bolstered the account of Ms Constand.

Following that independent review, the county and Cheltenham police arrested Cosby in December 2015 on three charges of aggravated indecent assault. At the time, District Attorney Bruce Castor promised not to criminally prosecute Cosby.

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The judge in his Friday order did not reveal why he barred prosecutors from presenting evidence from the other 12 women.

The judge claimed that he had carefully balanced the probative value of such testimony versus its prejudicial impact on Cosby.

Citing overwhelming negative publicity, the defense has urged Judge Steven T. O'Neill to move the proceedings from Montgomery County to another Pennsylvania locale or, failing that, pull the jury from a larger urban center with "more diverse and opposing viewpoints".

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's spokesman, declined to comment on the ruling.

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