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Attorneys battle over testimony before Bill Cosby's retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - It could be a big victory for the now 80-year-old comedian's defense after a ruling that perhaps challenges it.

A judge may block prosecutors from sharing the actor's deposition where he admitted to giving women quaaludes before having sex.

The comedian's defense is begging for it to be quashed saying that testimony is irrelevant and tips the scale in the DA's favor.

More so they argue, because the judge has already given prosecutors more to work with: Five additional accusers will be allowed to testify at Cosby's retrial that weren't allowed last time.

Cosby is accused of disarming Andrea Constand by giving her pills at his Cheltenham home back in 2004 before sexually assaulting her.

He says it was consensual and he contends Constand's version is part of a ploy by the former Temple employee to make a quick buck. She got an undisclosed amount of cash in a civil suit settled out of court before Cosby was criminally charged.  

The actor's defense team says it can show Constand had selfish motives through testimony of a woman who allegedly heard her talk about setting up a celebrity for money.

It's not clear if that woman, Margo Jackson, will be allowed to testify. The judge hasn't decided yet.

It's also unclear if the details of Constand's settlement with Cosby will be allowed.

Jury selection begins next week with trial to begin April 9 at the earliest. 

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