Bill Cosby's Camp Demands Judge Step Down After Secret Relationship Scandal

Sep. 11 2018, Updated 5:06 p.m. ET

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Bill Cosby's defense team are outraged after finding out from a RadarOnline.com exclusive that Judge Steven T. O'Neill allegedly kept a relationship secret, using it as a grudge against a key witness.

Radar broke the bombshell revelation on the eve of the retrial, after Radar's well-placed sources claimed Judge O'Neill had a blowout fight with a key witness arising from allegations of a close relationship he had with that witness's employee.

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"On or about March 28, 2018, an article was published by RadarOnline," Cosby's lead attorney Joseph P. Green, Jr. wrote in the motion Tuesday, asking the judge to step aside. "Neither the defendant, the defendant's original counsel, Brian J. McMonagle, nor his subsequent trial counsel, Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., had any knowledge of these subjects at the time of the original Due Process hearings."

Camille Cosby issued a statement early Tuesday, stating "My husband was forced to go to trial before a judge, Steven T. O'Neill, who had a bitter, longstanding feud with one of the key witnesses in the case," Camille continued. "Judge O'Neill refused to believe this sworn testimony by his rival, the former D.A., and denied the motion to dismiss."

"This is my first time hearing of these alleged accounts regarding Judge O'Neill, the story is very interesting and if true, very disturbing!" Bill Cosby's publicist Andrew Wyatt told reporters in March – following the exclusive Radar revelation.

"Nothing will come of this," prominent Philadelphia defense attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr. told Radar. "It was no secret that O'Neill ran against Castor and there may have been bad blood."

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Coggins, who is now a sitting magisterial district judge in Montgomery County, was an assistant district attorney working under Bruce L. Castor, Jr., the former district attorney who notoriously declined to press charges against Cosby in 2005.

Radar readers know Bill Cosby's camp are hard at work preparing for the highly anticipated two-day sentencing scheduled for Sept. 24 & 25 – the Cos is ramping up his security by dropping a massive $15,000 for the two-day proceeding, according to an insider.

The bombshell Radar revelation was eerily similar to that of Judge Lance Ito in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial, who failed to disclose his wife, Margaret York, had been detective Mark Fuhrman's superior officer in the past.

Fuhrman had been called to testify by the prosecution regarding his discovery of evidence in the case.

"It's been over two years in and out of that courtroom," an insider from Cosby's former camp told Radar. "You'd think over the countless proceedings that the defense would've known everything they needed, obviously it's embarrassing for an attorney to find out about something from the media rather than the parties involved. Essentially, the defense shouldn't be getting information that should've been given to them during discovery from Radar."

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