‘Why would an innocent man pay $4.4 million for something he didn’t do?’
THE defence in Invoice Cosby’s sexual attack retrial is anticipated to make use of its opening remark on Tuesday to painting a $three.38 million ($AUD4.4m) agreement paid to the lady he’s charged with sexually assaulting as proof of her greed.
Cosby attorney Tom Mesereau has signalled he intends to make use of the agreement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the person as soon as respected as “The us’s Dad” in hopes of touchdown a large pay-off.
District Legal professional Kevin Steele printed the prior to now secret agreement quantity in his opening remark on Monday, however didn’t attach the dots to the prosecution’s previous ideas that Cosby wouldn’t have paid out such a lot cash if the accusations in opposition to him have been false.
Mesereau, who gained an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s 2005 kid molestation case, has mentioned the jury will be informed “simply how grasping” Constand used to be.
The agreement quantity were confidential — and used to be saved out of the primary trial — however a pass judgement on dominated that all sides may speak about it at this one.
“The query that I’m certain we’re going to listen to so much about is, why would an blameless guy pay $three.38 million for one thing he didn’t do?” mentioned attorney Dennis McAndrews, who prosecuted chemical inheritor John E. duPont for homicide in 1997 and isn’t related to the Cosby retrial.
Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and molesting Constand, a former worker of Temple College’s basketball program, at his suburban Philadelphia house in 2004.
Constand says he gave her drugs that made her woozy, after which penetrated her together with his palms as she lay incapacitated, not able to inform him to forestall. Cosby’s first trial final spring ended with the jury hopelessly deadlocked. His retrial is anticipated to final a month.
Cosby faces 3 counts of annoyed indecent attack, every punishable by way of as much as 10 years in jail.
At a pre-trial listening to final month, Assistant District Legal professional Stewart Ryan previewed how the prosecution may counter the defence’s allegations that Constand used to be putting in place Cosby. He alluded to a 1997 case through which Autumn Jackson threatened to head public with claims she used to be Cosby’s daughter except he paid her $40 million.
“In fact, folks tried to extort the defendant previously, and what did he do? He known as the police,” Mr Ryan mentioned.
Forward of opening statements, a topless protester who appeared on several episodes of The Cosby Show as a child jumped a barricade and got within a few feet of Cosby as the comedian entered the courthouse.
The lady, whose frame used to be scrawled with the names of greater than 50 Cosby accusers in addition to the phrases “Girls’s Lives Subject,” ran in entrance of Cosby and towards a financial institution of TV cameras however used to be intercepted by way of sheriff’s deputies and led away in handcuffs. Cosby appeared startled by way of the commotion as a half-dozen protesters chanted at him.
The protester, Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey, used to be charged with disorderly behavior and launched.