Cosby´s chief accuser `seeking justice´ in sex trial

Lula Sharp
April 14, 2018

Constand stiffed roommates on utility bills, racked up big credit card bills and operated a Ponzi scheme while running women's basketball operations at Temple, where Cosby was an alumnus and trustee, Mesereau said. The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness, and Mesereau said she will testify that Constand - inspired by a story they saw on the news - mused about setting up a celebrity so she could sue and get money. She added that Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and her publisher to remove details about the assault in the book, and she went along because she needed the money.

Dickinson says that Cosby flew her first class from Bali, Indonesia, where she was modeling, to a ritzy ski resort in the Sierra Nevada for what she thought would be talking about her career. The defense attorneys are once again expected to argue that the encounter was consensual.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and the other women have done.

The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Wednesday refused a defence request that he declare a mistrial after one of the accusers called as a prosecution witness blurted out, "You know what you did, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" She was a 24-year-old casino bartender in Reno when she says Cosby gave her pills she suspected to be quaaludes and had sex with her.

Instead, Constand said, the pills instead made her black out.

Cosby denies the charge of aggravated indecent assault of Constand, saying any sexual contact was consensual.

His first trial ended in a hung jury.

Another accuser, taking the witness stand after Dickinson, said Cosby prodded her to drink two shots in his Las Vegas hotel suite, then had her sit between his knees and started petting her head.

Lawyer Tom Mesereau delivered a blistering opening statement Tuesday in Cosby's retrial. But they failed to make clear why jurors should care that the comedian paid a $3.4 million settlement to accuser Andrea Constand. She has said Constand once commented to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing suit.

A year after the first trial, a confident Constand walked into the courtroom and faced questions from both the prosecution and defense through the morning. Thomas said her next memory was waking up with Cosby forcing himself on her.

She's the first in a parade of women whom prosecutors are calling as they try to show Cosby was a serial predator.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt described the women as the supporting cast for chief accuser Andrea Constand.

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Cosby's attorneys are expected to cross-examine Constand, including about the almost $3.4 million settlement she received.

Bill Cosby's retrial is now underway in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where the comedian stands accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.

Janice Baker-Kinney testified against Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial on April 12, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold medicine Benadryl and that she consented to a sexual encounter.

Model Janice Dickinson is telling a jury that Bill Cosby raped her after giving her a pill he claimed would help her with menstrual cramps. The former model thinks she awoke at least 15 hours after she originally arrived at the hotel to take photos, and was rushed out of the room by Cosby.

Dickinson said she did not report the assault to police out of fear it would destroy her career.

Lise-Lotte Lublin told jurors she lost consciousness and doesn't remember anything else about that night in 1989 - a time when Cosby was at the height of his fame starring as sweater-wearing father-of-five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on America's top-rated TV show, "The Cosby Show".

He told them they were only to consider the evidence for the limited goal of showing a common plan, scheme or design that could relate to Cosby's interaction with Constand.

The defense has called the other accusers irrelevant, urging jurors to focus only on the charges that Cosby is facing.

She told the jury she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting him locked up.

Constand testified she was deeply disappointed when then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to criminally charge Cosby after she complained to authorities in 2005.

A tearful accuser has confronted Bill Cosby in court over allegations he knocked her out and molested her more than 30 years ago.

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