Comedian Bill Cosby’s defense team scored a pair of victories in court today, as the judge in his sexual assault retrial ruled that his lawyers can call a witness who says Cosby’s accuser “talked about framing a celebrity before she went to police in 2005 with allegations about the comedian,” the AP reports.
“Judge Steven O’Neill also helped the defense case by ruling that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid accuser Andrea Constand in a 2006 civil settlement,” the report adds.
“O’Neill ruled that Marguerite Jackson can take the witness stand after he blocked her from testifying at the first trial — which ended in a hung jury — saying her testimony would be hearsay,” the AP reports. “Jackson’s testimony is crucial to a defense plan to portray Constand as a greedy liar. Constand’s lawyer has said Jackson isn’t telling the truth. The judge issued one caveat to the ruling, saying he could revisit his decision after Constand’s testimony.”