Pennsylvania Judge Rules Only One Additional Accuser Can Testify at Bill Cosby’s Trial

February 24, 2017

 

Only one of 13 accusers who prosecutors wanted to testify at Bill Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault trial in June will be allowed to testify, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Friday.

After considering both the prosecution and defense motions as well as legal arguments given at December hearings and in post-hearing briefs, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that only the account of alleged “Victim 6” meets the extremely high legal standards needed to be admitted as a so-called “prior bad act.”

In his one-paragraph order, O’Neill said he balanced the “probative value” of the “other acts” evidence vs. the potential prejudice to the defendant.

Cosby, 79, is charged with indecent aggravated assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, now 43, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denies similar allegations made by more than 60 women. CLICK FOR MORE

 

 

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