A Pennsylvania judge on Monday granted Bill Cosby's request to import out-of-town jurors to hear the disgraced comic's upcoming sex-assault trial.
The commonwealth and the defense both agreed that jurors should come from outside Montgomery County.
"I do not believe there is any place anywhere in this country now where he can receive a fair trial".
Cosby, 79, faces charges of felony indecent assault against former friend Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele filed a motion opposing the change of venue but did not oppose a jury pool from outside the county.More news: Jay Z launches venture capital fund
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Cosby has denied any wrongdoing and has said his encounter with Constand, like the others, was consensual. The resulting news coverage has made selecting an impartial jury from the county impossible, they said.
Prosecutors didn't oppose the request. Prosecutor M. Stewart Ryan acknowledged that news coverage has been extensive, but said he was not interested in "what is going on the court of public opinion". The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will decide where in Pennsylvania the jurors will be selected.
Cosby has denied all sexual allegations against him, the trial is scheduled for June.
At a hearing Monday, attorneys with the defense said they wanted the venue changed, citing concerns that media reporting has been unfair and stressing that Cosby would not be able to get a fair trial.