Bill Cosby. Photo: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Tribal gaming executive said to be a witness in Bill Cosby criminal trial

A gaming executive who works for the Mohegan Tribe and previously worked for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation might testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

But Thomas Cantone, a senior vice president for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, told The New London Day that he wasn't aware that he could be called as a witness by the disgraced comedian's defense team.

“I have no understanding of that. I have not heard anything,” Cantone told the paper.

Cantone's possible testimony was first reported by The New York Post. The Page Six story noted that he previously worked for Foxwoods Resort Casino, where Cosby made an appearance in late 2003.

Andrea Constand, who has accused Cosby of sexual assault, visited the performer in his hotel room at the facility, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. She testified about the encounter during the first trial, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times previously reported.

Constand did not say Cosby assaulted her at Foxwoods. The criminal case stems from an incident at his home at Pennsylvania a couple of months after the encounter in Connecticut.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict in Cosby's case last summer so he is facing a retrial. His attorneys want Cantone to testify about the Foxwoods incident, The Post reported.

Cosby was due to return to Foxwoods in January 2015 but the casino indefinitely postponed his show due to the assault allegations, which have involved numerous women besides Constand. Other tribes also canceled his bookings at their properties.

Read More on the Story:
Mohegan executive said to be potential witness in second Cosby trial (The New London Day March 12, 2018)
Page Six: Bill Cosby paid Andrea Constand $3.5M in 2006 settlement (The New York Post March 10, 2018)

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