Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

5 victims to testify in upcoming Bill Cosby trial

5 victims to testify in upcoming Bill Cosby trial

Judge Steve O'Neill determined Thursday that five women will be allowed to take the witness stand and share their allegations against the scandal-plagued comedian with the jury, The Daily Beast reported. They include model Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby knocked her out with pills and raped her during a 1982 trip to Lake Tahoe. They argued prosecutors were looking to bolster a weak case with "ancient allegations" that would confuse and distract jurors in the Me Too era.

Cosby's lawyers fought the move. One juror said after the first trial that it had no effect on the jury's discussions and he didn't think more accusers would've made a difference.

At last year's trial, Judge Steven O'Neil did not allow a handful of accusers to be included in Cosby's first trial.

The case represents the first time Cosby, who played Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has been charged with a crime despite allegations from dozens of women, some of whom have filed civil suits, who claimed they were assaulted by the entertainer.

Jury selection for the retrial is set to begin March 29.

At a hearing earlier this month, prosecutor Adrienne Jappe said that Cosby "systematically engaged in a signature pattern" of drugging and sexually assaulting women who looked up to him as a mentor.

Texas Governor offers $15000 reward for information on Austin explosions
While he did not release details of what evidence was recovered, he said investigators knew the type of explosive device used. A 17-year-old boy died Monday after an explosion around 6:44 a.m. that took place in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.

The importance of having other accusers for the prosecution was evident from the get-go last summer.

It won't be just Andrea Constand on the stand next month accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

During arguments in a pre-trial motion March 5, the judge asked the prosecution if 19 past accusers would be unfairly prejudicial. The woman, according to the prosecution court filing, says she felt "woozy" and "fuzzy", then lost consciousness only to awake to discover evidence of intercourse.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele arrives for the fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Johnson, 55, accused Cosby of engaging in sexual misconduct with her in 1996.

Like this: