'You know what you did' - Witness to Cosby

  • 12/04/2018
'You know what you did' - Witness to Cosby
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The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has refused to declare a mistrial after one of the accusers called as a prosecution witness blurted out from the witness stand, "You know what you did, don't you, Mr Cosby?"

Chelan Lasha, one of five accusers who will testify in support of the woman whose case is now being tried in a Pennsylvania courthouse, directed her question at the entertainer as the jury of seven men and five women listened.

Cosby's defence team immediately asked for a mistrial, fearing her out-of-turn remark could unduly influence the jury. Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill denied a mistrial, but he warned a tearful Ms Lasha against repeating such conduct, and he told the jury to ignore the remark.

Cosby, 80, once a beloved stand-up comedian and television star known for his family-friendly material, is on trial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting another woman, Andrea Constand, in 2004.

His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a deadlocked jury failed to reach a verdict. The judge allowed only one other accuser besides Ms Constand to testify in the first trial but now is allowing five.

Ms Lasha said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 when she was just out of high school in Las Vegas. She wept as she recalled events, occasionally making her testimony hard to understand.

"I was a child, and a good girl, and he took it all away from me," Ms Lasha said. "I trusted him."

Cosby denies the charge of aggravated indecent assault of Ms Constand, now 45, saying any sexual contact was consensual, and his lawyers have portrayed Ms Constand as a gold-digging con artist. Cosby paid her $3.4 million in 2006 to settle a civil lawsuit.

Earlier on Wednesday, defence lawyers questioned the motives of another witness who said the comedian drugged her for four days in 1984 and sexually molested her, asking whether she was telling her story in a bid to revive her flagging career in musical theatre.

Heidi Thomas had testified for the prosecution on Tuesday. During cross-examination, defence lawyer Kathleen Bliss asked whether she wanted to help Ms Constand.

"I wanted to see a serial rapist convicted," Ms Thomas responded.