Bill Cosby To Face Multiple Accusers In Upcoming Sexual Assault Trial
16 March, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Courtney Perry
O'Neill will allow five of Bill Cosby's additional accusers to testify at Cosby's upcoming sexual assault retrial, which is expected to start April 2, the Inquirer reported.
The judge allowed only one to take the stand.
All five have accused the 80-year-old actor of sexual misconduct and their testimony will be used against the comedian as he faces charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.
In a contentious hearing earlier this month, Cosby's defence attorney Becky James contended that allowing a large number of previous accusers to testify would amount to creating a series of "mini-trials" that would unfairly prejudice the jury against Cosby.
Judge Steven O'Neill made the ruling this afternoon, offering no reasoning for his decision. Prosecutors opened the trial by calling Johnson to the stand, using her testimony to illustrate the similarities between Cosby actions against Constand. It will reportedly be up to prosecutors to choose which accusers testify.
Mesereau said in court March 6 that jurors would learn "just how greedy" Constand was when they hear details about how much money she demanded from Cosby and what the star wound up paying her.
Cosby's legal team had attempted to get his ongoing sexual assault case dismissed, but the request was denied.
For prosecutors, having several accusers tell similar stories about Cosby would give them a chance to smooth over issues with Constand's credibility and insulate her from attacks from his lawyers, who've already indicated they're likely to paint her as a money-grubbing liar.
Another possible witness was a massage therapist who says she met Cosby at a Las Vegas health club between 1982 and 1984, according to court records.
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