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Accuser tells jury Cosby is a 'serial rapist'

15 April, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Shawna Walton
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Cosby is on trial accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.

Cosby's first trial ended in a deadlocked jury, and his retrial is the first big celebrity court case since the #MeToo movement exposed scores of men in the media, entertainment and business worlds as sexual harassers.

Cosby's lawyer urged jurors to ignore the other accusers - calling them irrelevant to this case - but saved most of his fire for Constand, branding her a "con artist" who tried to frame the comedian for 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.

She said she heard him grunting, and with that, Ms. Lasha imitated from the stand the sounds that she said Mr. Cosby had made.

Under questioning by the prosecution, Constand said Cosby offered her pills and a sip of wine after she said she was "stressed" about telling the Temple basketball coach of her plans to leave to study massage therapy in her native Canada.

Thomas, who was a 24-year-old aspiring actress, said her agent had arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips and that Cosby gave her the wine as they rehearsed a scene in which she was portraying a drunken woman.

Lawyer Gloria Allred watched from the courtroom gallery as her clients Lasha and Baker-Kinney testified.

Cosby's new defense team is already challenging the believability of Constand and five other women who testified this week that Cosby gave them alcohol or pills and that they then become whoozy and incapacitated. Her account is being included, along with those of four other women, to allow prosecutors to demonstrate a signature pattern of predatory behavior by Mr. Cosby. And he nodded yes with his head, and he said, 'Put them down.

"These women proved that they were here to back up their sister - they got their sister's back", he said. Letting out loud sobs between words, she said she had just graduated high school and was an aspiring model when she met Cosby almost 32 years ago.

Then she said "I started to feel woozy and dizzy". She flew to St. Louis to confront Cosby, but only managed to tag along for a late night dinner.

Thomas said she chose to publicly air her allegations against him in January 2015, as other women were sharing their own accusations. "I don't know what it was, but I believe I know what it was". He guided me there, and he laid me in the bed. "I leaned forward and said I didn't come here for that, and he complied". Cosby has maintained his innocence and asserted that any sexual liaison with Constand was consensual.

Sixty women have publicly accused Cosby of being a serial predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years. She told the jurors she wants to "see a serial rapist convicted". After using the restroom, Constand returned to the kitchen and found Cosby had three blue pills in his hand. She said Cosby, a Temple alum and powerful trustee, called the pills "your friends" and told her they would "help take the edge off". Current district attorney Kevin Steele moved to charge Cosby, just two days before the statute of limitations were set to expire in 2015.

Janice Baker-Kinney is expected to return to the witness stand Thursday after punctuating her first two hours of testimony at Cosby's sexual assault retrial with a firm declaration: "I was raped". "This case is about betrayal and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand".

In his opening statements, defense attorney Tom Mesereau said Cosby confided in Constand that he never got over the death of his son, Ennis, and that he was lonely. After waking up the next morning, she says she noticed semen between her legs. "I was really scared and I wanted to protect myself". Again, Constand said no.

At one point, Constand said, Cosby touched her on the thigh and another time tried to unzip her trousers while sitting next to her.

Heidi Thomas arrives to testify against Bill Cosby at his sex-assault retrial in Norristown, Pa., on April 11, 2018.

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