A criminal trial for Bill Cosby has been tentatively scheduled for next spring, following a brief appearance by the embattled comedian in a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday.
Cosby, 79, appeared in court with his legal team to set a date for his sexual assault trial, for now scheduled for June 5, 2017.
The trial stems from allegations of a 2004 incident involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, from Toronto. The complaint alleges that Cosby drugged and molested Constand at his home.
Cosby’s defense team has said that the encounter was consensual, despite settling a civil lawsuit by Constand in 2005 regarding the same events.
Tuesday’s court appearance saw prosecutors ask for permission to let 13 of Cosby’s sexual assault accusers–none of whose complaints have been proven in court–testify to demonstrate a pattern of “prior bad acts.”
“An individual who, over the course of decades, intentionally intoxicates women in signature fashion with the intention of sexually assaulting them cannot also be mistaken about whether or not these women are consenting to the sexual abuse,” prosecutors wrote in their motion.
The district attorney also wants the judge to accept into evidence a phone call between Cosby and Constand’s mother, during which Cosby discussed the drug he had given the woman’s daughter.
Cosby’s defense team has said that the recording is inadmissible as it violated his privacy. His lawyers have also said that critics of the former Cosby Show star are guilty of “racial bias and prejudice.”