Cosby lawyers say prosecutors using 'casting couch' cliche

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 1, 2016 1:56 AM



Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

(Philadelphia) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers say prosecutors are reaching back to the "casting couch'' era to round up women accusers and build a "stale'' sexual assault case against the entertainer. 

They plan to take a Montgomery County judge through a time warp today to prove their point, by challenging sexual misconduct claims by 13 women that span the freewheeling 1960s, patriotic 1980s and gender-bending 21st century.  

Prosecutors at the pretrial hearing will ask the judge to let the other accusers testify to show Cosby drugged and molested young women in a "signature'' fashion.  

However, defense lawyers note there's little but hazy memories to go on. 

Cosby faces 10 years if convicted of sexually assaulting a former Temple University basketball team manager.  

The pretrial hearing is expected to last two days.

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