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Mistrial bid amid sex assault expert testimony in Cosby trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby's lawyers asked for a mistrial but were rejected after they say a prosecution sex assault expert was trying to convict the comedian from the witness stand.

Cosby's lawyers argued Veronique Valliere's testimony on Friday included observations that seemed tailored to Cosby's case.

They say the psychologist was only allowed to speak generally about victim behavior at Cosby's trial stemming from allegations he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby's lawyers say Valliere's past social-media posts have shown a pro-prosecution bias.

Valliere had told jurors that an offender's celebrity status can have a chilling effect on victims and that all victims experience shock and disbelief when they're violated by someone they know.

She testified that such victims often fear they'll face backlash for harming a well-known person's reputation if they come forward.

Cosby accuser Andrea Constand waited a year to go to police.


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