Judge Allows Five Women to Testify at Cosby Trial

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Thursday that five women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them in the same way he’s accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand can testify for the prosecution.

Cosby is accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting Constand at his home in Cheltenham Township in 2004. Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele requested 19 women to take the stand who say Cosby carried out sexual assaults on them over the last 40 plus years. Judge O’Neill set a timeline of 1982 to 1996 for the five women to testify who allege that Cosby sexually assaulted them during those years. Just one of the women was permitted to testify in the first trial. 55 year old Kelly Johnson accuses Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in a Los Angeles hotel room in 1996. Johnson, at the time of the alleged sexual assault, was working for a talent agency. Jury selection starts March 29th. Cosby’s trial begins April 2nd. His first trial ended in a hung jury.