Judge: 5 other accusers can testify at Bill Cosby sex assault retrial

5 victims to testify in upcoming Bill Cosby trial

Judge: 5 other accusers can testify at Bill Cosby sex assault retrial

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. The jury couldn't reach a consensus, so a mistrial was declared.

Attorneys for Cosby, who is now 80, have said the women's memories are tainted at best and asked the judge to bar them from testifying. The defense team had initially asked the judge to throw out the case.

Prosecutors will be selecting from a slate of witnesses whose allegations stretch from the 1960s to the early 1990s. However, numerous other potential witnesses are easily identifiable because they have made public statements about their allegations that precisely match the circumstances laid out by prosecutors in their requests to allow testimony from previous accusers.

Judge Steven O'Neill made the ruling this afternoon, offering no reasoning for his decision.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with allegations he had inappropriate sexual contact with Constand.

"(He) could not have been mistaken Ms. Constand was unconscious and unable to consent", Jappe said, "because he'd done it for so long". Prosecutors opened the trial by calling Johnson to the stand, using her testimony to illustrate the similarities between Cosby actions against Constand.

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Dickinson said in 2014 that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, then sued him after he and his representatives said her claims were false. Jury selection begins March 29.

Cosby's lawyers argued the alleged assault that led to his arrest couldn't have happened in January 2004, as accuser Constand has testified, and falls outside the statute of limitations.

The women include model Janice Dickinson.

O'Neill has yet to rule on whether Cosby's lawyers can tell jurors about his 2006 settlement with Constand.

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. Later, she said, she felt like she was in a "hypnotic dream state".

The case represents the first time Cosby, who played Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has been charged with a crime despite allegations from dozens of women, some of whom have filed civil suits, who claimed they were assaulted by the entertainer.

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