A decide denied on Wednesday a request by Invoice Cosby‘s attorneys to declare one other mistrial in his sexual assault case after a witness outburst.
Chelan Lasha had addressed the previous Cosby Present star immediately in court docket after testifying about his alleged molestation of her in 1986, saying, “You bear in mind, do not you, Mr. Cosby?”
Cosby is on trial on fees of assaulting one other girl, Andrea Constand, in 2004. He has denied any wrongdoing. Cosby’s first trial on the case resulted in a mistrial in 2017 after a deadlocked jury failed to succeed in a verdict. In his new trial, the decide is permitting Lasha and some different accusers to testify in opposition to him as witnesses. Greater than 50 accusers have gone public lately.
On Wednesday, Lasha, a former mannequin and aspiring actress, broke down sobbing whereas testifying throughout her cross-examination about an alleged encounter with Cosby. She accused him of assaulting her contained in the Elvis Presley suite on the Las Vegas Hilton after rendering her motionless by giving her a tablet he stated was an antihistamine.
“He stated he was going to assist me with my modeling and take some footage of me and we had been speaking a few new character on the Cosby Present,” she testified. “I stored blowing my nostril. He stated, ‘I’ve an antihistamine that can break up the chilly’ and he gave me just a little blue tablet.”
She stated he advised her she ought to lay down and walked her to a different room, after which he allegedly touched her breasts and humped her leg whereas she was unable to maneuver. She stated that he then advised her to get up and he or she noticed that her shirt and shorts had been eliminated. She stated Cosby advised her to dress and that she was nonetheless unable to maneuver.
“I stated, ‘Dr. Huxtable, you stated you had been going to assist me, why are you doing this to me?'” she testified, utilizing his Cosby Present character’s title.
“I used to be a superb woman and he took all of it away,” she stated.
She stated Cosby referred to as her and cautioned her about “individuals who speak to a lot.”
Simply earlier than the court docket’s lunch break, Lasha turned to Cosby and stated, “You bear in mind, do not you, Mr. Cosby?” Murmurs was heard throughout the courtroom and he or she was admonished by the decide after the jury left the room. She then apologized to the court docket, after which Cosby’s lawyer requested a mistrial and was denied.
One among Cosby’s attorneys, Jaya Gupta, stated jurors ought to hear about Lasha’s felony previous so that they assess her credibility. She had pleaded responsible in 2007 to making a false report back to Arizona legislation enforcement.
Lasha’s lawyer, famed lawyer Gloria Allred, stated the protection was attempting to smear her consumer.