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Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges are asking a judge to admit testimony from 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of 'prior bad acts' spanning a half-century.
The comedian's first trial ended with a hung jury in June 2017. In that proceeding, prosecutors asked to call 13 other accusers, but the judge allowed only one to testify, a woman named Kelly Johnson who said she was attacked by Cosby at a Los Angeles hotel in 1996.
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In Thursday's 101-page motion filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, prosecutors asked Judge Steven O'Neill to reconsider his earlier order, saying the 19 women's accusations show that the 80-year-old Cosby's prior bad acts are sufficiently 'distinctive and so nearly identical as to become the signature of the same perpetrator.'
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Kathleen Bliss, one of Cosby's lawyers, said she couldn't comment on the filing.
Pennsylvania law allows testimony about 'prior bad acts' if they fit a nearly identical crime pattern.
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Prosecutors say that's the case for the TV star once dubbed 'America's Dad' for his role as Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show.
They say Cosby routinely used his fame and power to befriend impressionable young women, most of them aspiring models and actresses, knocked them out with drugs or alcohol and then sexually assaulted them.
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Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Cosby, who has been married to wife Camille since 1964, has said the...
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