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5 victims to testify in upcoming Bill Cosby trial

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Thursday said the judge's orders will allow five victims to testify in the upcoming Bill Cosby trial. 

Cosby is charged with drugging and then assaulting Temple Women's Basketball Official Andrea Constand back in 2004.

The prosecution wanted to put 19 past accusers on the stand to show an alleged pattern that led up to the incident involving Constand. It says the accusers were much younger and they all had a mentorship type of relationship with Cosby. They were all invited by Cosby to a setting he controlled where he allegedly drugged them and had sexual contact with them without their consent.

During arguments in a pre-trial motion March 5, the judge asked the prosecution if 19 past accusers would be unfairly prejudicial.

The prosecution said no, that the number establishes a pattern of signature assaults that could not be mistaken as consent.

The defense hoped to block the other alleged accusers, saying their testimony is "virtually impossible to defend against" since some date back to the 1960s.

Cosby's lawyers argued the alleged assault that led to his arrest couldn't have happened in January 2004, as accuser Constand has testified, and falls outside the statute of limitations.

The trial is scheduled for Apr. 2.

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