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Prosecutors Want To Call 19 Other Accusers At Cosby Retrial In Pennsylvania

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Matt Rourke
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AP
Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. He's being retried on the same charges after a jury was hung in June.

Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades.

The comedian's first trial ended with a hung jury in June. In that proceeding, prosecutors asked to call 13 other accusers, but the judge allowed only one to testify.

A lawyer for Cosby says she can't comment on the filing.

The 80-year-old comedian is charged with knocking out a Temple University employee with pills and sexually assaulting her in 2004.

Cosby has said the sexual encounter was consensual.

State law allows testimony about "prior bad acts" if they fit a nearly identical crime pattern.

Prosecutors say that's the case for the TV star once dubbed "America's Dad."