A judge ruled that jurors in the sexual assault retrial of Bill Cosby will be able to hear the testimony of five additional accusers, the AP reports. The retrial on charges stemming from his alleged assault of Andrea Constand in 2004 is set to begin April 2.
The decision gives prosecutors “a chance to portray the man once known as ‘America’s Dad’ as a serial predator who made a sadistic habit of drugging and molesting women,” the AP reports.
“Judge Steven O’Neill said prosecutors could choose the witnesses from a list of eight women with allegations dating as far back as the early 1980s,” the story reports. “They include model Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby knocked her out with pills and raped her during a 1982 trip to Lake Tahoe.”
Prosecutors had pressed for the inclusion of testimony from as many as 19 of Cosby’s accusers.