NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (REUTERS) – The decide in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial refused to declare a mistrial on Wednesday (April 11) after one of many accusers referred to as as a prosecution witness blurted out from the witness stand, “You know what you did, don’t you, Mr Cosby?”
Chelan Lasha, one in all 5 accusers who will testify in assist of the lady whose case is now being tried in a Pennsylvania courthouse, directed her query on the entertainer because the jury of seven males and 5 ladies listened.
Cosby’s defence crew instantly requested for a mistrial, fearing her out-of-turn comment may unduly affect the jury.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill denied a mistrial, however he warned a tearful Lasha towards repeating such conduct, and he instructed the jury to disregard the comment.
Cosby, 80, as soon as a beloved humorist and tv star identified for his family-friendly materials, is on trial on fees of drugging and sexually assaulting one other lady, Andrea Constand, in 2004.
Cosby’s first trial led to a mistrial in June when a deadlocked jury failed to succeed in a verdict. The decide allowed just one different accuser moreover Constand to testify within the first trial however now’s permitting 5.
Lasha mentioned Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 when she was simply out of highschool in Las Vegas. She wept as she recalled occasions, often making her testimony laborious to know.
“I was a child, and a good girl, and he took it all away from me,” Lasha mentioned. “I trusted him.”
Since the primary trial, the #MeToo motion exploded, prompting an growing variety of ladies to come ahead with accusations of harassment or assault from wealthy and well-known males. In a prelude to that tradition shift, some 50 ladies accused Cosby of molestation going again many years. All however Constand’s case had been too previous to be prosecuted.
Cosby denies the cost of aggravated indecent assault of Constand, now 45, saying any sexual contact was consensual, and his legal professionals have portrayed Constand as a gold-digging con artist. Cosby paid her US$three.four million in 2006 to settle a civil lawsuit.
Earlier on Wednesday, defence legal professionals questioned the motives of one other witness who mentioned the comic drugged her for 4 days in 1984 and sexually molested her, asking whether or not she was telling her story in a bid to revive her flagging profession in musical theatre.
Heidi Thomas had testified for the prosecution on Tuesday. During cross-examination, defence lawyer Kathleen Bliss requested whether or not she wished to assist Constand.
“I wanted to see a serial rapist convicted,” Thomas responded.