Bill Cosby Could Testify at Second Trial

Bill Cosby's lawyer says he may testify in his next sexual abuse trial because he's "charismatic" and "articulate"

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Just days after a mistrial was declared in the sexual abuse case against Bill Cosby, prosecutors have already announced plans for a new trial and the comedian's lawyer says that he may testify this time around.

One of Cosby's lawyers is confident that he can take the stand. "We never ruled it out," Angela Agrusa tells NBC News. "He's a very charismatic and articulate person." 

The 79-year-old didn't testify in his first trial. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault against victim Andrea Constand, who claimed that he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. 

Some legal experts don't think that Cosby should testify. During cross-examination, he may have to talk about years of extramarital affairs and giving women drugs and money, which he shared in a civil deposition against him. 

"There is no apparent reason to subject Cosby to cross-examination in this case, which would likely be harmful to his cause and portray him in an even more negative light than his own prior damning words," explained former Pennsylvania prosecutor Dennis McAndrews.

Cosby has maintained his innocence. The jury deliberated 52 hours and could not come to a consensus before the judge declared a mistrial.


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