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Cosby's pretrial wraps up, defense asks to block testimony

Bill Cosby gave a smile for an answer as he left  pretrial motions Tuesday in his retrial on sexual assault charges.

The 80-year-old comedian is accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting Temple Women's Basketball Official Andrea Constand back in 2004.

During motions, the prosecution asked the judge to allow the testimony of 19 other accusers to show decades of alleged sexual assaults that led up to the incident involving Constand.

Prosecutors say the claims will establish a pattern of signature assaults that could not be mistaken for consent.

The defense asked the judge to block the testimony, saying it is filled with accusations and not convictions.

They say the testimony would distract jurors from the charges at hand and unfairly prejudice the case.

The defense believes despite being told by the judge not to do so, the jurors might judge Cosby on the testimony instead of the facts in the case.

The defense also attacked the credibility of the women, telling the judge six of them admitted they realized they were drugged when they heard the other accusation.

When talking about a decision, the judge said several options are on the table: Blocking the testimony, allowing all 19 to testify, or letting a portion of them take the stand.

Judge Steven O'Neill says he is taking both sides of the argument under advisement and could have a ruling next week. The trial is scheduled for Apr. 2.

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