Embattled comedian Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania Court Monday, where his bevy of attorneys – led by Michael Jackson’s former lawyer Tom Mesereau – are attempting to stop more than a dozen sex assault accusers from taking the stand against him in next month’s retrial.
The 80-year-old walked into the Norristown, Penn. courthouse on the arm of his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.
Judge Steven O’Neill previously allowed just one accuser to take the stand during last year’s sex assault trial, which ended in a hung jury following almost 60 hours of deliberations.
“America’s dad” stands accused of drugging and molesting one-time Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
O’Neill and attorneys for both sides retreated into chambers almost immediately after court began Monday.
He’s yet to rule on how many of the 19 women prosecutors want to call to the stand –including supermodel Janice Dickinson – will be allowed to testify in order to prove that Cosby’s alleged actions are part of a half-century pattern of drugging and abusing women.
Cosby’s lawyers have repeatedly begged O’Neill to limit the number of accusers allowed to address jurors, arguing that since some of the accusations date back to the 1960s, they would be “virtually impossible to defend against.”
The team of attorneys have indicated they’ll seek a delay if O’Neill rules in the prosecution’s favor.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin March 29, with opening arguments expected April 2.
Prosecutors wanted to submit testimony from 13 women during Cosby’s June 2017 trial, but O’Neill only allowed Kelly Johnson, who worked for the funnyman’s agent, to take the stand.
Johnson testified that Cosby plied her with pills in during a 1996 meeting in a Bel-Air Hotel bungalow, and she awoke to find her dress pushed up and the affable actor forcing her hand onto his genitals.
Cosby remains out on $1 million bail.
The court appearance comes just weeks after his 44-year-old daughter, Ensa, died from kidney disease.
With Post wires