Bill Cosby Wants To Keep Settlement With Accuser Out Of Trial
Bill Cosby is due back in court on Monday, and is trying to keep his civil settlement with accuser Andrea Constand out of his criminal sexual-assault trial. Cosby doesn’t want the jury to hear about his settlement with his accuser. But why?
Constand’s is the only criminal case stemming from dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct. She sued him in 2005 and the case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand during a visit to his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
According to NBC news:
A judge has already ruled that prosecutors can use a deposition Cosby gave in the civil case — in which he discusses the encounter with Constand, as well as giving women pills in the 1970s — at his criminal trial. Now his lawyers are arguing that jurors should not hear about the lawsuit negotiations or the settlement because the value of the information “is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.”