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Cosby back in court for hearing ahead of sex assault retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Comedian Bill Cosby entered the courtroom for the first of two days of pre-trial motions in his retrial on sexual assault charges.

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

But the prosecution wants to put 19 past accusers on the stand to show an alleged pattern that led up to the incident involving Constand.

The prosecution 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, the judge asked the prosecution if 19 past accusers would be unfairly prejudicial.

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

But the defense hopes 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.

Tuesday, the defense will start things off by addressing the admission of the testimony from the 19 women.

Also up for discussion is the civil suit and settlement between Constand and Cosby, as well as more discussion about a witness who alleges Constand told her she could make money by making misconduct claims against a famous person.

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