NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—Bill Cosby’s drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand was part of a “sadistic sexual script” perfected over four decades, so much so that it became his “signature,” a prosecutor argued in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday afternoon.
That’s why 19 other women with similar stories should be allowed to testify at Cosby’s trial next month to demonstrate Cosby’s pattern of “prior bad acts,” argued Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe.
“He did the same thing to 19 other women in a strikingly similar fashion,” she said. “In other words, the defendant systemically engaged in a signature pattern of providing an intoxicant to his young female victim then sexually assaulting her once she became incapacitated. Each of these victims have come forward with harrowing accounts of drug-facilitated sexual assaults with the defendant.
“All of these instances shared…a signature for purposes of a common plan or scheme,” she said, spending nearly two hours supporting her argument with various court decisions.
Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand, now 44, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004. Last June, Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision after 52 hours of deliberations.
The retrial is currently scheduled to begin on Monday, April 2 with jury selection starting on Thursday, March 29. Cosby has denied Constand’s allegations as well as similar ones from more than 60 women.
Cosby was in court Monday for two days of pre-trial motions hearings, less than a week after burying his daughter, Ensa, who died of kidney failure on Feb. 24. The judge gave Cosby his condolences before starting the hearing around 9:20 a.m. CLICK FOR MORE