Witness Statements Prompt Calls For Mistrial By Cosby Defense

Jim Melwert
April 11, 2018 - 1:40 pm
June 5, 2017; Norristown, PA, USA; Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Mandatory Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Two separate statements from two different witness on the stand at Bill Cosby’s retrial on sex assault charges Wednesday prompted two calls for a mistrial from the defense. 

Both came from testimony from prior accusers.

The first from Heidi Thomas, who claims when she was 24 years old, Cosby drugged and molested her in Reno during what was supposed to be one-on-one actor training.

But during cross examination, the defense pressed about a Facebook message she had sent to the primary accuser in this case, Andrea Constand, that said “I’ve got your back sister.”  

Cosby’s lawyer said to her, "you’ve made it clear you want to help Andrea Constand."

Thomas pointedly said, in front of the jury from the witness stand, “I want to make sure a serial rapist is convicted.”

A defense motion for mistrial was denied.

The second motion for mistrial came with prior accuser Chelan Lasha on the stand. Lasha says Cosby drugged and molested her in Las Vegas, after offering got help with her modeling career.

When the judge announced it was time for a lunch break, Lasha spoke over him from the stand, looked at the defendant and said, "you remember, don’t you Mr. Cosby?”

The judge denied the second motion for a mistrial, the two only about an hour apart.

Lasha still had to face cross examination.