Judge Steven O’Neill hinted that he may prevent jurors from hearing about the 80-year-old comedian’s previous testimony about giving Quaaludes to women before sex.
Many are seeing this potential move as a setback for the prosecution, which hoped to portray him as a serial predator, USA Today reports.
- “This defendant is not on trial for what he said in his deposition,” O’Neill said. The testimony about Quaaludes was included in the 2017 trial. However, five additional accusers are being allowed to testify, and they were not permitted to in the first trial.
- Cosby’s retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004 is set to begin April 9th. The first trial ended in a mistrial because the jury could not reach an agreement.
- O’Neill has yet to rule on how much jurors can hear about Cosby’s financial settlement with Constand. His lawyers are hoping to include the information to show how “greedy” she was.
- Jury selection begins Monday.