Prosecutors who are preparing for the sexual assault retrial against famed actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, want to call 19 other accusers to display a pattern of “prior bad acts” over the span of 50 years.
ABC 6 reports that Cosby’s first trial ended in June with a hung jury. In that particular trial, prosecutors requested for 13 other accusers to take the stand, but the judge only allowed one to testify.
A lawyer representing Cosby did not release a statement or comment regarding recent developments on Thursday.
Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging, knocking out and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee with pills in 2004.
But according to the entertainer, both parties consented to the sexual encounter.
Per Pennsylvania law, testimony about “prior bad acts” is allowed if it fits a crime pattern that is nearly identical.
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.
Cosby has said the sexual encounter was consensual.
But prosecutors say the man once dubbed “American’s dad” showed a pattern of repeated sexual offenses without the women’s consent.
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