The Latest: Cosby judge won't toss sexual assault charges
The Latest on a pretrial hearing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case (all times local):3:30 p.m.A judge has denied requests from Bill Cosby's lawyers to throw out his sexual assault case.Judge Steven O'Neill on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the case on statute of limitations and prosecutorial misconduct grounds.Cosby's lawyers argued the alleged assault that led to his arrest couldn't have happened in January 2004, as accuser Andrea Constand has testified, and falls outside the statute of limitations.O'Neill said he'd leave that for the jury to decide.
The accusers , including model Janice Dickinson, were chosen from a group of eight women whose allegations date as far back as the early 1980s. PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors have selected the five additional accusers they plan to call to the witness stand at Bill Cosby ' s April 2 sexual assault retrial .
Prosecutors have selected the five additional accusers they plan to call to the witness stand at Bill Cosby ’ s April 2 sexual assault retrial . The accusers , including model Janice Dickinson, were chosen from a group of eight women whose allegations date as far back as the early 1980s.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors have selected the five additional accusers they plan to call to the witness stand at Bill Cosby's April 2 sexual assault retrial.
Cosby wants judge ousted over wife's sex-assault advocacy
Bill Cosby's lawyers are asking the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who's described herself as an "advocate for assault victims."Cosby's lawyers said Thursday that some of Judge Steven O'Neill's rulings, including his decision to let five additional accusers testify, could give the appearance he's influenced by his wife's work.Deborah O'Neill is the coordinator of a University of Pennsylvania sexual trauma outreach team. She wrote her dissertation on acquaintance rape.The O'Neills did not immediately respond to messages.
The accusers , including model Janice Dickinson, were chosen from a group of eight women whose allegations date as far back as the early 1980s. Prosecutors have revealed that Dickinson is one of the five additional accusers they plan to have testify at Cosby ’ s sexual assault retrial .
Five of Bill Cosby ' s accusers will be allowed to testify at his upcoming retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a former friend. The young Cosby , 28, was found in a pool of blood after he stopped to change a flat tire. (Photo credit should read BOB STRONG/AFP/Getty Images).
The accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, were chosen from a group of eight women whose allegations date as far back as the early 1980s.
Prosecutors listed their selections in a letter to Judge Steven O'Neill that was made public on Wednesday.
O'Neill's March 15 ruling cleared the way for prosecutors to broaden their case beyond the alleged assault of Andrea Constand in 2004 that led to Cosby's only criminal charges. They want to show that he had a pattern of misconduct over a five-decade span.
At Cosby's first trial, which ended in a deadlock, O'Neill allowed only one other accuser to take the stand. But that woman is not one of the five who will testify this time in support of Constand's case.
In the letter to O'Neill and other filings, prosecutors have listed the women only by witness number. The Associated Press was able to identify them by cross-referencing the details of the allegations described in court filings with statements and other accounts they have made publicly.
Cosby judge pushes back against defense demand he step aside
The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is pushing back at the defense's demands that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims. Judge Steven O'Neill told a pretrial hearing on Thursday that rulings he's made that went against Cosby aren't evidence he's being influenced by his wife's work. Cosby's lawyers say they were compelled to ask for O'Neill's recusal after a series of adverse rulings. O'Neill has yet to decide on the request. O'Neill said Thursday that Cosby's old lawyers raised the prospect of having him step aside in December 2016, but never followed through.
(16 Mar 2018) JUDGE: 5 OTHER ACCUSERS CAN TESTIFY AT BILL COSBY ' S RETRIAL A judge agreed Thursday to let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his
Cosby ’ s lawyers fought the move. They argued prosecutors were looking to bolster a weak case with “ancient allegations” that would confuse and distract jurors in the #MeToo era. In a statement, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the prosecutor’s desire to bring in other accusers “desperate” and
The AP does not typically name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but those named below have consented.
Attorneys for Cosby, who is now 80, have said the women's memories are tainted at best and tried to get them barred from testifying, but their request was denied.
THE CRIMINAL CASE
Ages then: She was 30; he was 66.
Constand told police in 2005 that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia estate. The Temple University basketball team manager said he gave her three unlabeled blue pills to "relax" as she discussed a career change. She said she was semi-conscious when he digitally penetrated her. Cosby, a Temple alumnus, booster and former trustee, is charged with sexually assaulting a person unable to give consent, a felony that could bring 10 years in prison upon conviction. The defense says her story has evolved and there were other times they were sexually intimate. Cosby has pleaded not guilty.
Cosby lawyers ask for juror to be removed
One of the jurors selected this week for Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial should be removed for making a comment indicating the TV icon is guilty, according to defense lawyers. They say it shows the juror may not be fair and impartial. A motion filed late Friday afternoon says the man, who was elected as Juror 11, said, "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here," during the jury selection process. Another prospective juror, who was ultimately not selected, says she heard the comment while a small group of jurors were waiting be individually questioned by the judge, the defense says.
A judge agreed Thursday to let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as "America' s Dad" as a serial predator who made a sadistic habit of drugging and molesting women.
Five women who say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them will be allowed to testify in his retrial , a Cosby currently faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and The other accusers have not yet been identified. 3,500 jury notices have already gone out, Judge O'Neill
THE FIVE OTHER ACCUSERS
Ages then: She was 27; he was 45.
Dickinson met Cosby in 1982 and saw him as a trusted friend and mentor as she tried to broaden her career from modeling to music and television. Dickinson said Cosby arranged for her to fly to see him perform in Lake Tahoe and knocked her out with a pill he gave her after she had complained of stomach pain. She said she woke up in pain and found fluids between her legs. She never reported the encounter to authorities and has said she was afraid that if she did, her career would be damaged and Cosby would retaliate. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer said in 2014 that Dickinson's allegations were a lie and a "glaring contradiction" to what she wrote in her book and what she had previously told the media.
Ohio State revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree amid retrial
Ohio State University has revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby when he spoke at commencement in 2001. The decision comes as the 80-year-old comedian faces retrial next week in a sexual assault case over a 2004 encounter that he says was consensual. Ohio State says Cosby violated the university's principles and values. This is the first time Ohio State has revoked an honorary degree. It adds to the list of schools that have revoked honorary degrees for the comedian in the past few years.Cosby's retrial involves a woman who says he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.His first trial ended in a hung jury.
Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault, giving Judge Steven O’Neill said prosecutors could choose the witnesses from a list of eight women with Cosby ’ s retooled legal team, led by former Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, went to court last week to
Five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them will be allowed to testify at his upcoming retrial , a They will be able to choose who they want to testify , according to the order from Montgomery County Prosecutors were only allowed to call one accuser other than Constand to try to prove their case. Kelly Johnson, who worked as an assistant to Cosby ’ s agent at the time, cried as
Ages then: She was 24; he was 45.
Baker-Kinney, then a Harrah's casino bartender in Reno, Nevada, went to a pizza party at a nearby home where Cosby was staying in 1982. He insisted that she take two pills, she said, before the backgammon game they were playing went blurry. She said she recalls seeing her blouse unbuttoned and his pants unzipped before she awoke naked with signs she had been sexually assaulted. The defense says her story is "nothing like Ms. Constand's" because she only met Cosby once, "voluntarily" took quaaludes and apologized for passing out.
Topless woman charges at Bill Cosby as he arrives for sex assault retrial
Bill Cosby’s arrival at a courthouse in Pennsylvania on Monday morning was chaotic and ended with a topless woman being taken into custody. As the 80-year-old arrived at court on Monday for his sexual assault retrial, a topless protestor with the words "Cosby" and "rapist" painted on her back jumped the barrier ahead of the disgraced comedian and charged at him. She was thrown to the ground and cuffed by police and taken into custody.As the drama ensued, Cosby was walked back toward his car, then returned to the entrance and finished walking to the courthouse.
Five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them will be allowed to testify at his upcoming retrial , a judge ruled Thursday.Prosecutors wanted 19 accusers to other than Constand to try to prove their case.Kelly Johnson, who worked as an assistant to Cosby ’ s agent at the time
let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault, giving Judge Steven O'Neill said prosecutors could choose the witnesses from a list of eight women with Allowing additional accusers to testify is sure to keep Cosby in court longer than his first trial
Ages then: She was 24; he was 46.
Thomas' agent sent the aspiring actress to meet Cosby for career advice at a Harrah's hotel in Reno in 1984, but the limousine he sent instead took her to a private house where she said he gave her a drink so she could play the intoxicated person in a script he gave her. During intermittent bouts of consciousness, she said, she was naked and Cosby forced her to perform oral sex. The defense says she has given three versions of her story.
Ages then: She was 17; he was 48.
The model and aspiring actress met and befriended Cosby in 1986. Lasha said he invited her to his Las Vegas hotel room to introduce her to a modeling agency representative and gave her a pill he described as an antihistamine and a double shot of almond liqueur to help fight a cold. At Cosby's behest, Lasha said, she changed into a robe, wet her hair and posed for a few modeling shots. She said Cosby then directed her to the bed, where he pinched her nipple and humped her leg as she lay immobilized and unable to speak. She says she woke up naked.
Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark
Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial will soon be in the hands of a jury. Closing arguments and deliberations are set for Tuesday. The defense rested Monday after Cosby said he wouldn't testify. The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The charges stem from Andrea Constand's allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004. Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.Cosby has said he gave Constand 1½ tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he called a consensual sexual encounter.
The judge allowed one other accuser to testify at Cosby ' s first trial. A defendant's history usually is not admissible as evidence that he committed a particular crime. Cosby ' s lawyers argued that permitting other accusers to testify would unfairly prejudice jurors, especially against the backdrop
By David DeKok STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ruled that five other women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault over the years could testify at his retrial on charges of drugging and assaulting a former friend, giving prosecutors an early win.
Ages then: She was 23; he was about 52.
Lublin was an aspiring actress when she met Cosby in 1989. She and her mother went for a run with Cosby, and he gave them show tickets before he invited her to the Elvis suite of the Las Vegas Hilton to practice acting improvisation. He prodded her to take two drinks to relax, which she ultimately did. She said she recalls seeing Cosby stroking her hair and walking down a hall before she woke up at home two days later. She said she believes she was sexually assaulted. The defense says Lublin assumes she is a victim based on other media accounts but can only remember Cosby stroking her hair.
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Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman .
Bill Cosby defense lawyers say that a verdict has been reached in his sexual assault retrial.Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.