Cosby judge will allow five additional accusers to testify against the comedian

16 March, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Bill Cosby sought to block Janice Dickinson from using both a press release from Cosby's camp and a letter his reps sent to media outlets in her case

The women include model Janice Dickinson.

Prosecutors argue Cosby used his power and appeal as a beloved entertainer to befriend younger women and then plied them with drugs or alcohol before assaulting them. Meanwhile, Cosby's team contends that the prosecution is capitalizing on the #metoo cultural moment we're having, and resurfacing "ancient allegations" to strengthen their case.

O'Neill limited prosecutors at Cosby's first trial previous year to calling just the 2004 accuser and a woman who alleged a 1990s assault.

Cosby's previous trial last summer ended in a hung jury and mistrial.

Only one was permitted to testify in addition to Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the case, at Cosby's trial in June.

"(He) could not have been mistaken Ms. Constand was unconscious and unable to consent", Jappe said, "because he'd done it for so long".

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Legal insiders believe the key to the prosecution's case against Cosby is the admissibility of evidence involving accusers who came forward after Constand's allegations came to light. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, a judge agreed to let five additional Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 sexual assault retrial, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as "America's Dad" as a serial predator who made a habit of drugging and molesting women.

Attorneys for Cosby, who is now 80, have said the women's memories are tainted at best and asked the judge to bar them from testifying.

The trial is scheduled for April. 2.

Johnson, 55, accused Cosby of engaging in sexual misconduct with her in 1996. But attitudes about sexual assault have shifted since October.

Prosecutors will be selecting from a slate of witnesses whose allegations stretch from the 1960s to the early 1990s.

Among the witness that prosecutors could call is a Harrah's Reno bartender who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at a Nevada home in 1982 after insisting that she take two pills. Cosby has maintained his contact with Constand was consensual. Judge O'Neill has already ruled against Cosby on a number of his pre-trial motions to dismiss the case.

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