>> Bill Cosby's attorneys and Pennsylvania prosecutors battling in court Tuesday. The defense is trying to prevent 13 accusers from testifying at Cosby's criminal sexual trial next year. Reuters' Joseph Ax was in the courtroom.>> Defense lawyers for Cosby brought several binders filled with statements that the women have made in public that the lawyers say show their accounts cannot be relied upon.
That prompted the District Attorney, Kevin Steel, to accuse the defense of deliberately publicizing the names of the accusers in an attempt to intimidate them. The two lawyers shouted at each other, eventually prompting the judge to step in and admonish both of them not to raise their voices in court.
>> If judge Steven O'Neill rules the women can testify, it would be a crushing blow to Cosby.>> He would face, basically, a parade of accusers at his trial, all telling different versions of the same story, that he drugged and then sexually assaulted them.>> Former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand claims Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.
Of the 60 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, Constand's case is the only one to spawn criminal charges.