Jury selection is set to start May 22, and opening arguments are set for June 5.
Mr. Cosby, who is scheduled to go on trial in June, has described the encounter with Ms. Constand as consensual and has described the pill he administered to her that night as an over-the-counter allergy medicine. Pennsylvania jurors will hear entertainer Bill Cosby’s explosive testimony about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Friday. How Trump’s team ‘burned’ through $1 billion during U.S. election campaign, Liberals survive confidence vote, avert imminent election with NDP help, Rudy Giuliani calls ‘Borat 2’ scene depiction a ‘hit job,’ denies wrongdoing, ‘Borat 2’ review: Sacha Baron Cohen takes political satire to jaw-dropping next level, Trump threatens to release ’60 Minutes’ footage early after walking out of interview, Journalist Jeffrey Toobin apologizes after exposing himself on Zoom call, Trump can still win the U.S. election, despite lagging in the polls: experts, B.C. “They need chemicals.”, READ MORE: Prosecutors want to use Bill Cosby’s shocking ‘chemicals’ book quote at trial.
He has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case, which prosecutors reopened in 2015 after key parts of the deposition were unsealed. READ MORE: Bill Cosby’s daughter defends her dad: ‘He loves and respects women’. He said the prosecution also might struggle to introduce the settlement as evidence. Defence lawyers therefore pushed to exclude his testimony about quaaludes from the trial. “The girl would drink it and,” Mr. Cosby said, “Hello America!”. Bill Cosby may have been working for laughs when he told Larry King in 1991 the “old story” of boys dropping a purported aphrodisiac they called “Spanish fly” into a girl’s drink. . People settle cases for a variety of reasons.”, Prosecutors Want Cosby ‘Spanish Fly’ Comments as Evidence at Trial.
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The powerful sedatives were banned in 1983, and Cosby said he no longer had them when he met Constand 20 years later. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele insisted the comments showed his familiarity with date rape drugs and should not be dismissed as “merely jokes.”, “Defendant may cling to the cloak of comedy to avoid culpability,” Steele wrote in a brief. Spanish fly is made from a green beetle called the Spanish fly, in the family of blister beetles, and has been sold as an aphrodisiac. Not in dispute is the fact that it includes Mr. Cosby’s story about how he and his friends gave girls at a party what they believed was a powder “so potent that it could have made Lena Horne surrender to Fat Albert.” But it had no effect, Mr. Cosby wrote. He calls the encounter consensual. “Just because I paid something, it will create the inference that I did something. It’s True! Cosby joked about using Spanish Fly, the purported aphrodisiac, in his book. Get push notifications with news, features and more.
And they called the Spanish fly remarks nothing more than part of his comedy routine. Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial can hear his explosive deposition testimony about quaaludes but not his references to the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly, a judge ruled Friday.. Stuart P. Slotnick, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, said it would be difficult to convince a judge that the Spanish fly comments were more than an old comedy routine. Jury selection for Cosby’s trial begins May 22 in Pittsburgh. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill also ruled Friday to exclude from Cosby’s trial references to Constand’s lawsuit or the settlement. Prosecutors sought to include Cosby’s comedic riffs about Spanish fly to show a familiarity with date-rape drugs. Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
In his 1991 book Childhood, Cosby wrote that he and his friends needed the Spanish fly potion because girls were “never in the mood” for them. In the decade-old deposition, Cosby said he got seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s, intending not to take them himself but to give them to women he was pursuing for sex.
Mr. Cosby’s lawyers say jurors should not be told about the settlement in the civil case, in which Mr. Cosby paid Ms. Constand an undisclosed sum. “From age 11 on up to death we will still be searching for Spanish fly,” he said. The powerful sedatives were banned in 1983, and Cosby said he no longer had them when the alleged incident with Constand occurred. Due to the sensitive and/or legal subject matter of some of the content on globalnews.ca, we reserve the ability to disable comments from time to time. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? “These prior bad acts are relevant and do not unfairly prejudice defendant because they tend to establish that he had access to, knowledge of, and a motive and intent to knowingly use substances that would render a female unconscious for the purpose of engaging in sex acts,” Mr. Steele said.
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