At Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial Wednesday, Judge Steven O’Neill denied the defense’s request for a mistrial after one of his accusers said from the witness stand, “You know what you did, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”
Chelan Lasha, one of five accusers who was called to the stand by prosecutors, blurted out the question during her 45 minutes of tearful testimony, Reuters reports.
- Cosby’s defense team immediately moved for a mistrial, a motion the judge denied, but not before warning her against making similar remarks. He also told the jury to disregard her question.
- Lasha testified that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1986, shortly after she graduated from high school. Lasha is one of one of five women — including Janice Dickinson, Janice Baker-Kinney, Heidi Thomas, and Lise-Lotte Lublin —set to take the stand. Thomas testified Tuesday.
- Cosby is on trial because Andrea Constand has accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004. She is among several dozen women who have made similar claims, but only her case can go to trial because of statute of limitations laws. Cosby, 80, denies all wrongdoing. He paid her $3.4 million in a civil settlement in 2006. His first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury.
- He faces up to ten years behind bars on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault if convicted.