Judge bars ac­cusers from tes­ti­fy­ing at Cosby’s trial

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

PHILADEL­PHIA - In a ma­jor break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Fri­day that just one of the co­me­dian’s mul­ti­tude of other ac­cusers can tes­tify at his trial to bol­ster charges he drugged and vi­o­lated a wo­man more than a decade ago.

The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity em­ployee An­drea Con­stand at his sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home in 2004. Pros­e­cu­tors wanted to put 13 other women on the stand to show that his al­leged con­duct was part of a dis­tinct pat­tern of be­hav­iour. Mont­gomery County Judge Steven O’Neill dis­al­lowed all but one of those women, say­ing in a one-page rul­ing that he care­fully weighed the pos­si­ble value of their tes­ti­mony against the po­ten­tial prej­u­dice to Cosby.

The one wit­ness who can tes­tify says the comic drugged and as­saulted her in 1996 at a Los An­ge­les ho­tel.

With O’Neill’s rul­ing, the trial will now rest more heav­ily on Con­stand’s cred­i­bil­ity.

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