NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers asked the judge to declare a mistrial following a witness outburst in the courtroom on Wednesday. Chelan Lasha blurted out, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?” in reference to her claims that the comedian molested her in 1986 in the Elvis Presley suite at the Las Vegas Hilton.
She made the comment while breaking for lunch and in earshot of the jury.
Judge Steven O’Neill immediately denied a defense request for a mistrial.
Cosby sat still during the exchange, and for much of the testimony accusing him of drugging and assaulting the woman.
Lasha said Cosby gave her a blue pill and Amaretto and then passed out.
She told the court through tears, “Dr. Huxtable, you said you were going to help me. Why are you doing this to me? You’re supposed to help me be successful. I was a child, a good girl and he took that all way from me.”
At least two accusers said in court that they were raped by Cosby.
Cosby had supporters in the courtroom, including Rev. Derrick Johnson from Delaware.
“I’m certainly sad about the mischaracterization of who he is, what he is about,” said Johnson.
Defense attorneys previously called accusers like Lasha and others “distractions.” They’ve also described central witness Andrea Constand as a “con artist.”
“Well, we will see who the real con artist is in the courtroom, Mr. [Tom] Meserau, when the verdict comes down. When the jury hears from six women who allege that Bill Cosby drugged and raped them and they carried this with them their entire lives, we’ll see who the real con artist is,” said attorney Kelly Bloom.
Three accusers took the stand on Wednesday.