Bill Cosby

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Witness: Cosby Accuser Wanted to 'Get That Money'

She claims Andrea Constand spoke of plot

(Newser) - The chief accuser at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified Wednesday as the TV star's lawyers began setting out their case. Marguerite Jackson, an academic adviser at Temple University, said... More »

Jury Hears Cosby Admit It: He Used Quaaludes

'You gave them to other people?' 'Yes.'

(Newser) - Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Wednesday heard his damaging testimony about giving a sedative to women before sex, the AP reports. Cosby, who was deposed in 2005 and 2006 as part of his chief accuser's civil suit, was asked about quaaludes, a 1970s party drug... More »

Cosby's Chief Accuser: 3 Pills, Then an Assault

Andrea Constand again takes the stand

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's chief accuser took the witness stand Friday at his sexual assault retrial, declaring for a second jury that he knocked her out her with three blue pills and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. "I was weak. I was limp, and... More »

Janice Dickinson at Cosby Trial: 'Here Was 'America's Dad' on Top of Me'

Model testifies before Andrea Constand takes the stand Friday

(Newser) - The day before Bill Cosby's chief accuser was to take the witness stand at his sexual assault retrial, a former model and TV personality on Thursday gave jurors her own harrowing account of being drugged and raped by the comedy star in 1982, the AP reports. Janice Dickinson, one... More »

Accuser Addresses Cosby Directly From Witness Stand

'You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?' Chelan Lasha asked Wednesday

(Newser) - The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial, Heidi Thomas, described the comedian Wednesday as "a serial rapist" as she parried with his lawyers, while second accuser Chelan Lasha tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" The... More »

Lawyer: Bill Cosby Was Framed by 'Con Artist'

Another woman says she was drugged, forced to perform oral sex

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's retrial took a far more combative turn Tuesday than the first go-round, as his lawyers launched a scathing attack on his accuser and prosecutors put the first in a parade of women on the stand to portray the comedian as a sexual predator. Heidi Thomas, who was... More »

Hidden Amount Bill Cosby Paid Andrea Constand Is Revealed

Both sides intend to use the figure in the retrial

(Newser) - Day one of Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges was markedly different than his first go-round, beginning with a topless protester who barreled toward him outside a Pennsylvania courthouse and evident in the prosecution's revelation of what he paid accuser Andrea Constand to settle her 2005 lawsuit.... More »

Bill Cosby's Morning Interrupted by Topless Woman

Unnamed woman charges at him, is detained

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial begins Monday, and its start was more dramatic than expected. A topless protester with phrases written on her arms and torso—including "Women's Lives Matter" on her chest and what Fox News reports was "Cosby" and "rapist" on her back—... More »

Bill Cosby Lawyers: Oust Juror Over His Comment

Male juror reportedly considers trial a waste of time

(Newser) - A man selected as a juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial thinks the comedian is guilty and wants the case to be over, according to a prospective juror who says the man offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection, the AP reports. Cosby's lawyers seized... More »

Bill Cosby's New Jury Looks a Whole Lot Like His Last One

Seven men and 5 women set to decide his fate

(Newser) - A jury of seven men and five women—10 of them white, two of them black—was seated Wednesday to decide Bill Cosby's fate after a day marked by defense accusations of racial discrimination. Cosby's lawyers alleged a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after... More »

Cosby Defense Team Scores Big Win Before Trial

Judge will allow woman to testify that accuser once talked about framing a celebrity

(Newser) - The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial gave his legal defense a huge boost Tuesday, ruling his lawyers can call a witness who says the accuser talked about framing a celebrity before she went to police in 2005 with allegations about the comedian, per the AP . Judge Steven... More »

Bill Cosby Lawyers Try to Have Judge Removed

They plan to portray Cosby's accuser as greedy

(Newser) - The judge in Bill Cosby's retrial rejected demands from the comedian's defense lawyers to step aside during a Thursday hearing in which they made clear they plan to attack his accuser as a greedy liar who falsely accused him of sexually assaulting her to collect a payoff. Judge... More »

Bill Cosby's Legal Team Just Got 2 Pieces of Bad News

5 other accusers can testify at his retrial, and model's defamation lawsuit can proceed

(Newser) - A judge agreed Thursday to let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 sexual assault retrial, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as "America's Dad" as a serial predator who made a sadistic habit of drugging and molesting women. Judge Steven... More »

Lisa Bonet Says Cosby Had 'Sinister, Shadow Energy'

Former 'Cosby Show' star isn't surprised by allegations against TV dad

(Newser) - "I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so,'" Lisa Bonet tells Net-a-Porter . “I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.” The interview published Friday marks the first time the one-time Cosby Show star has spoken publicly... More »

Cosby Goes to Court to Stop Women From Testifying

His lawyers say other accusers should be barred from testifying at retrial

(Newser) - A day after Hollywood's first Oscars of the #MeToo era, Bill Cosby will be in court to try to stop some of his dozens of accusers from testifying at his April 2 sexual assault retrial. Cosby's retooled defense team, led by former Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, is... More »

List of Women Who May Testify on Cosby Just Keeps Growing

He is due in court for a pretrial hearing Monday

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's retrial want to call as many as 19 other women to the witness stand to show he had a five-decade pattern of drugging and harming women. Cosby is due in court for a pretrial hearing Monday, less than two weeks after his daughter's death,... More »

Bill Cosby Loses a 2nd Child

Daughter Ensa is dead at 44

(Newser) - The report is thin, but TMZ says Bill Cosby's 44-year-old daughter Ensa died Friday in Massachusetts; a rep for Cosby confirms this to the AP and says she died from renal disease. TMZ had reported she was in poor health, with kidney issues that potentially had her on the... More »

Cosby Lawyers: Our Witness Says Accuser Is Lying

Woman claims that star's accuser made up the allegations to get rich

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers are accusing prosecutors of withholding and destroying evidence that could have helped him, reports the AP . Cosby's lawyers, who want his criminal sexual assault case dismissed before his April retrial, say in court papers Thursday that prosecutors only recently informed them of an interview last... More »

Bill Cosby Gets Back on Stage

He appears at Philadelphia jazz club

(Newser) - Bill Cosby seems to be stepping out in public again. The 80-year-old comic appeared Monday at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia and performed an informal set, reports USA Today . The story notes that one of those in attendance was NPR reporter Bobby Allyn, who tweeted a short video clip... More »

Cosby Shakes Hand, Makes #MeToo Comment

Comedian brought up #MeToo at Wednesday dinner

(Newser) - Bill Cosby referenced the #MeToo movement after a dinner at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia on Wednesday, reports the AP . The 80-year-old comedian was dining with an old friend and his publicist, and some members of the media were invited to document the event. The Philadelphia Inquirer —which dubbed... More »

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