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Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is pushed back until 2018


A Montgomery County judge on Tuesday granted Bill Cosby and his new legal teams' request to delay the sexual assault retrial until 2018.

Judge Steven O'Neil said at the hearing that he would set a new trial date for mid-March or early April 2018. The trial was originally set for November 2017.

"To ask someone to review the voluminous record over 18 months — now 20 months in this case — simply cannot be done," O'Neill said from the bench.

Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and assaulting at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The comedian/actor denied Constands' allegations and said that their encounter was consensual.

Cosby's first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury announced it was unable to reach a verdict following 52 hours of deliberations.

On Monday, Cosby announced his new team of lawyers for his retrial.

His new legal team includes Tom Mesereau, a high-profile attorney who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s child molestation case.

Some can't believe Cosby's lawyers are willing to defend him.

Others are wishing the comedian the best of luck.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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