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Judge Rules Woman Who Claims Cosby Accuser Is Out For Cash May Testify

April 03, 2018 - 11:32 am
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NORRISTOWN, PA (1010 WINS/AP) -- The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial has delivered two major victories to the comedian's legal defense.

The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Tuesday that a woman who says his accuser was out for money can testify. He also ruled that the jury can hear details about the settlement that Cosby reached with his accuser.

Cosby's defense has laid out their plan to portray the accuser as a greedy liar who framed the comedian to get rich.

His accuser's attorney says that the woman, Marguerite Jackson, is "not telling the truth.''

O'Neill previously helped prosecutor's case by allowing five additional accusers to testify against Cosby.

Jury selection in the case continued Tuesday with the selection of two women.

Both women say they've read media reports about Cosby's case and the #MeToo anti-sexual assault movement. But they say they haven't formed an opinion and can serve as fair and impartial jurors.

They were picked Tuesday, the second day of jury selection. Cosby's lawyers are upset because prosecutors have blocked two white men from serving on the jury, including one who said he thought many of the women coming forward in the #MeToo movement are “jumping on the bandwagon."

The male juror seated Monday indicated he had no knowledge of the case and wouldn't let what he's heard about the #MeToo movement influence his ability to be impartial.

Cosby's lawyers have also used two strikes, both to block white women from serving.

The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favor of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.