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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. Cosby is appealing a decision to send the case to trial before his lawyers can question the accuser under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A shouting match broke out at Bill Cosby's hearing


Lawyers on both sides of the aisle were admonished Tuesday during a hearing for Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after a shouting match broke out in the courtroom, according to USA Today

The shouting match was over the fact that the defense team has publicized the names of women who've accused the comedian of sexual assault. 

The outburst, which Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill denounces as uncivil, came at the start of a two-day hearing which will determine whether prosecutors can call 13 accusers as witnesses. 

Prosecutors plan to call Cosby's accusers as witnesses in an attempt to show the 79-year-old has been drugging and molesting women for decades, according to USA Today.

Cosby's lawyers insist that the accusers' memories are tainted and have asked the judge to keep them off the witness stand.

O'Neill previously refused to hear from the defense's expert, Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist who has questioned the reliability of accusers' memories. The judge did, however, say that she may be allowed to take the stand during the comedian's trial next year. 

District Attorney Kevin Steele became enraged during Tuesday's hearing when Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle argued that the prosecution had given the defense the names of accusers. 

Steele, however, said the names were not part of the public record and suggested that Cosby's defense team publicized the names to intimidate the accusers.

McMonagle said in return that many of the accusers had already gone public with their stories. O'Neill ruled that Cosby's lawyers could publicly identify 11 of the women, but two have remained out of the spotlight and shouldn't be identified, USA Today reports. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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