Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

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Cosby Lawyer: Accuser’s Criminal Past ‘Bears On Her Veracity’

April 11, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Jurors will be able to hear about the criminal past of one of the accusers in Bill Cosby's sex-assault retrial.
 
Cosby lawyer Jaya Gupta told a judge Wednesday that Chelan Lasha's 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement "bears on her veracity.''
 
The judge says that Cosby's lawyers can bring it up.

The former model and aspiring actress is one of five additional accusers who are being allowed to testify in the retrial. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the defense is trying to smear Lasha.

The first accuser testifying at Bill Cosby's retrial told jurors she wants to "see a serial rapist convicted.''
 
Heidi Thomas stunned Cosby's lawyers and the courtroom with her answer during cross-examination Wednesday, fending off the insinuation that she'd do anything to help the comedian's chief accuser.
 
Thomas says she came forward with her allegations in early 2015 to support other women who have accused Cosby, not for the attention his lawyers say it brought her.
 
Thomas rejected a defense lawyer's suggestion she was seeking a share of the spotlight and trying to profit off her experiences.
 
Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He says it was consensual.