The Latest: Bill Cosby Back in Court for Hearing in Sex Case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the hearing in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Bill Cosby is back in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom for a hearing in his felony sexual assault case.

He held onto an aide’s arm Tuesday as he arrived to court dressed in a light blue striped seersucker jacket.

His lawyers are trying to keep some key evidence out of the case.

They hope to suppress several days of testimony Cosby gave in the accuser’s lawsuit a decade ago. They also hope to suppress a secretly recorded 2005 phone call Cosby had with the mother of his accuser.

Cosby says his 2004 sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual. The Associated Press doesn’t normally name people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Constand has done.

The judge could set a trial date.

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12:13 a.m.

Bill Cosby’s defense team will have a new look when the actor returns to a suburban Philadelphia courtroom for a hearing in his sexual assault case.

Cosby has streamlined his legal team as the case heads to trial.

A judge on Tuesday could set a trial date.

Cosby’s lawyers also will push to suppress key evidence, including the deposition Cosby gave in the accuser’s 2005 lawsuit.

Cosby acknowledges giving Andrea Constand several pills before what he calls a consensual sexual encounter. Prosecutors say he drugged and molested her.

Cosby has parted ways with a Washington lawyer who has handled press appearances. Veteran Philadelphia criminal lawyer Brian McMonagle is expected to lead the courtroom fight.

Cosby also has hired a new Los Angeles firm to defend several defamation cases filed by accusers around the country.

 

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