Cosby prosecutor flying in wanted prostitute to testify against comedian

YC Investigates obtained documents that indicate one of the accusers set to testify, Chelan Lasha, has an active warrant out for her arrest stemming from her second prostitution conviction.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele departs the courtroom during the first day of Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele departs the courtroom during the first day of Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

According to court documents, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele will be calling a convicted prostitute to the stand to testify against comedian Bill Cosby during the upcoming trial.

Chelan Lasha, an accuser who appeared at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, claims Cosby assaulted her in 1986 in his Las Vegas hotel room. According to Philly.com, Lasha changed into a robe, wet her hair and posed for modeling shots when Cosby pinched her nipple and humped her leg.

Attorney Gloria Allred told The Associated Press Monday that Chelan Lasha’s 2007 guilty plea for a false report to law enforcement is irrelevant to Cosby’s case and has nothing to do with the comedian, who’s on trial in suburban Philadelphia and denies drugging and molesting another woman.

Documents exclusively obtained by YC indicate that Chelan has an active warrant out for her arrest in Arizona stemming from ditching a diversion program in 2009 in connection to her second prostitution conviction.

Chelan was previously convicted for false reports, criminal trespassing, possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and fighting.

Chelen’s first arrest date back to 1988 when she was arrested and convicted for theft in Oregon. That conviction came just two years after the alleged sexual encounter with Cosby that led Allred to demand the comedian dish out $100 million to her and other accusers at a press conference.

The convicted prostitute will be housed with the other witnesses, in a luxury hotel just a few miles from the courthouse with all expenses covered by the taxpayers of Montgomery County.

Chelan was subsequently arrested again in 2007 for false reports and trespassing, where she pled guilty on both counts in Arizona. Her third arrest came in 2008 where she was charged for assault, disorderly conduct, fighting and trespassing.

That same year, Chelan was charged and convicted for her second-offense of prostitution – and fifth criminal conviction.

In 2014, Chelan faced her sixth encounter with law enforcement after being charged with possession of a weapon in California.

WARRANT ISSUED IN 2009

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