A judge has decided that only one more accuser can testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Philadelphia. According to the Associated Press, the judge will allow one other accuser (versus 12 other women) to take the stand against the comedian on charges that he drugged and molested a woman near his Philadelphia home. Prosecutors had wanted more women to testify to showcase a history of similar "bad acts."
The trial, set for June, stems from a 2005 complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. She told authorities that the star gave her three unmarked pills and proceeded to molest her (while she was impaired) in early 2004. Cosby later described the sex act as "digital penetration" to the victim's mother but did not say what the pills were.
Cosby attempted to sue Constand for breach of their confidentiality contract last summer but dropped those charges.
The one other woman testifying claims she was assaulted by Cosby in Los Angeles in 1996. She said Cosby had invited her to the Bel Air Hotel to discuss her acting career. She says he offered her wine and a pill (which she took) and claims he sexually assaulted her.
Judge Steven O'Neill said he weighed the prosecution witnesses' value for giving relevant testimony and how that testimony may prejudice the jury. The prosecution reviewed nearly 50 accusers against Cosby before presenting their final 13.
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