Cosby judge will allow five additional accusers to testify against the comedian

All of the more than 50 women who have been interviewed by prosecutors came forward after Constand first told her story to authorities in 2005.

Photo Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., earlier this month after a hearing before his retrial on sexual assault charges.

"It shows (how) desperate they are and this is a very weak case", said Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, in an email to USA TODAY.

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.

Last June, O'Neil declared a mistrial in the case after the jury remained "deadlocked on all counts" following six days of deliberations.

At his first trial, which ended in a deadlock, prosecutors had tried to call 13 other accusers to testify. Therefore, they argued these allegations "establish the defendant followed the same script with each victim: he established himself into a position of trust and respect, sedated each victim with an intoxicant, and sexually assaulted each victim while they were incapacitated and unable to resist".

Jury selection for the retrial is set to begin March 29. Dickinson sued Cosby after he and his representatives said her allegations were false.

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Cosby has a new team of lawyers for his retrial and they vigorously fought the move to allow other accusers to testify.

At least 60 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape.

Kelly Johnson, who worked for Cosby's agent, testified Cosby knocked her out with a pill during a 1996 meeting at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles.

"What are the chances that these 19 women get sexually assaulted and don't report until decades later when they hear about (Constand)?" attorney Becky James asked.

The prosecution must identify the witnesses it intends to call by Monday.

"The Commonwealth shall be permitted to present evidence regarding five prior bad acts of its choosing", O'Neill's two-page order said. Constand has testified that Cosby took a special interest in assisting her career.

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