Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby's Jury Is Set

2 of the 12 jurors chosen are black

(Newser) - The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two black members among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated. Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black. "It's a... More »

Cosby Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Racial Bias

11 jurors have been chosen

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to systematically keep black people off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home, the AP reports. Judge Steven O'Neill rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former Pittsburgh detective... More »

2 Cosby Jurors Know a Sexual Assault Victim

First 5 jurors have been chosen for June trial

(Newser) - The search for 12 jurors and six alternates for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is off to a brisk start even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them... More »

Monday Is a Big Day for Cosby

Jury selection begins

(Newser) - A crucial phase of comedian Bill Cosby's sex assault trial starts Monday when lawyers gather in Pittsburgh to pick the jury that will weigh his case. The jury must decide if the 79-year-old actor drugged and molested Temple University women's basketball team manager Andrea Constand at his home... More »

Cosby Breaks Silence as Trial Draws Near

Says he won't testify, suggests that racism may be at play

(Newser) - When Bill Cosby's rape trial gets underway in just under three weeks, don't expect to see the celeb himself on the stand. In a rare interview with Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM that aired Tuesday, Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify in his own defense, reports Deadline... More »

Bill Cosby: I Want to Perform Again

Comedian speaks out before sexual assault trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's daughter insists her father "loves and respects women" in an essay published in his defense on NNPA Newsire Wednesday. Evin Cosby, the youngest of Cosby's five children, recalls how her father always wanted the family to be close and says she had a wonderful childhood.... More »

Cosby May Soon Regret Joke About Spanish Fly

Comedian's references to supposed aphrodisiac are 'damaging admissions'

(Newser) - Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex, but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the... More »

Cosby Lawyers Don't Want This Word Spoken at Trial

'Quaaludes'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday to prevent jurors at his upcoming sex-assault trial from hearing the word quaaludes, among other things. "The testimony about quaaludes and the alleged provision of money or educational funds is quintessentially the kind of evidence that causes 'unfair prejudice,'... More »

Judge Makes 'Pivotal' Ruling Ahead of Bill Cosby Trial

Only one other accuser will testify

(Newser) - A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors cannot call 12 other women to try to... More »

Bill Cosby Opens Sexual Assault Hearing With a Joke

Cosby is taking part in 2-day hearing related to upcoming trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby walked into his latest court hearing Tuesday with a joke: "Don't tase me, bro," he said to security officers as he entered the courtroom in suburban Philadelphia and they wanded him, the AP reports. (In case you've forgotten, that's a reference to a... More »

Bill Cosby's Defense Suffers 1K-Page Blow

Judge rules jury can hear damaging testimony from decade-old civil deposition

(Newser) - A suburban Philadelphia judge settled one of two key pretrial issues in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Monday when he ruled that the jury could hear Cosby's damaging testimony from a decade-old civil deposition. The defense had argued that Cosby only gave the testimony after being assured... More »

Lawyers: Bill Cosby Now Registered as Blind

They say he won't be able to recognize accusers

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is blind and has no hope of recognizing the women who are accusing him of sexual assault, his lawyers argued in a court document filed Thursday. The lawyers, who have repeatedly raised the issue of Cosby's eyesight, say he has now registered with a state commission for... More »

After Cosby Case, Calif. Ends Statute of Limitations for Rape

New law takes effect next year

(Newser) - The emotional stories of women who say they were sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by Bill Cosby prompted California state lawmakers to approve a bill to eliminate the state's 10-year limit on filing rape and related charges. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he has approved... More »

Judge: Bill Cosby Can Sue Accuser

Whether tweets were a breach of contract remains to be seen

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled in Bill Cosby's favor, Vanity Fair reports, saying he can sue a woman accusing him of sexual assault for breach of contract. In the "mixed ruling," US District Judge Eduardo Robreno said the disgraced actor can move forward with a lawsuit against... More »

Trump, Swift, Cosby, More Get Naked in Kanye's New Music Video

Or at least their likenesses do

(Newser) - Here's something you never thought you'd see: Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, and George W. Bush naked in bed together. Enter Kanye West's new NSFW music video for "Famous," which depicts 12 celebrities sprawled out in their birthday suits on a giant bed. Also... More »

Can Bill Cosby Be Convicted?

'Too much time has passed,' leading lawyer says

(Newser) - Will one of the biggest celebrity trials of the decade complete Bill Cosby's downfall? The 74-year-old has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges , but it is far from clear whether prosecutors will be able to secure a conviction in the case, which involves allegations from 2004... More »

Cosby Must Stand Trial on Sex Assault Charges

Faces 10 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor and made her unable to stop his advances. District Judge... More »

Cosby: I Had Sex Encounter With 17-Year-Old

Newly published 2005-2006 depositions reveal more explosive confessions

(Newser) - Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a criminal sex-assault case brought against him by ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but newly revealed court papers from depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for Constand's civil suit are also making headlines. In those... More »

Camille Cosby Gets 'Combative' When Questioned About Bill

She refused to answer dozens of questions over eight hours of deposition

(Newser) - Camille Cosby refused to answer dozens of questions about her famous husband during two days of deposition back in February, USA Today reports. According to ABC News , a transcript of the deposition released Friday shows Camille cited "spousal privilege" in her refusal to answer questions more than a dozen... More »

Suit: Hugh Hefner 'Complicit' in Cosby Assault

He introduced Cosby to sex assault victim: suit

(Newser) - A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault now says Hugh Hefner was "complicit" in the act. In a lawsuit, Chloe Goins says Hefner introduced her to Cosby during a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins says Cosby drugged her, then led her to a room... More »

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