FILE - This combination of file photos shows Andrea Constand, left, walking to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial June 6, 2017, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.; and Bill Cosby, right, arriving for his sexual assault trial June 16, 2017, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby is set to attend a Monday, March 5, 2018, pretrial hearing leading up to the entertainer's retrial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Constand at his home near Philadelphia. Prosecutors are seeking to call as many as 19 other accusers to the witness stand during the retrial, in an attempt to show Cosby had a five-decade pattern of drugging and harming women. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby goes to court to stop accusers from testifying

March 04, 2018 - 10:39 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is going to court to stop some of his dozens of accusers from testifying at his April 2 sexual assault retrial.

Cosby's retooled defense team is due to clash with prosecutors over the potential witnesses at a pretrial hearing on Monday.

Prosecutors want to call as many as 19 women to the witness stand in an attempt to show Cosby engaged in a five-decade pattern of drugging and harming women.

Cosby is only charged in one case, an alleged assault on a former Temple University women's basketball administrator at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The 80-year-old entertainer's first trial ended in a hung jury. A judge had allowed just one other accuser to testify.

Cosby's lawyers want the same judge to limit the number of accuser witnesses again. They argue some of their claims are "virtually impossible to defend against."

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