Chief Cosby accuser to take stand Friday

Chief Cosby accuser to take stand Friday

Chief Cosby accuser to take stand Friday

On the third day of Bill Cosby's retrial for accusations of rape and sexual assault, accuser Chelan Lasha took the stand for an emotional testimony Wednesday.

Bill Cosby's lawyer has launched a fierce attack on the comedian's accuser, calling her a con artist who took advantage of Cosby's grief and loneliness over his son's murder to gain his trust before framing him for sexual assault.

"Here was "America's Dad" on top of me - a happily married man with five children", Dickinson testified in Montgomery County Court in Norristown.

It was then that she said Cosby suggested acting out a script in which she was to play a drunk character.

Constand, he argued, was in debt and embittered, leading her to make the confidential settlement in 2006, the amount of which was revealed Monday by the prosecution for the first time.

"I want to see a serial rapist convicted", Heidi Thomas stated emphatically at the end of cross examination from one of Cosby's lawyers.

Defense attorneys moved for a mistrial because of the direct comment to Cosby, but the judge denied the motion. "And I remember thinking how wrong it was - how very, very wrong". The 80-year-old star has since pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby's legal team at his first trial was not almost as aggressive in attacking Ms Constand, focusing instead on inconsistencies in her statements to police and arguing the pair had a romantic relationship.

Jackson, a longtime Temple official, has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

"Days later, Cosby arranged to have Thomas flown to Reno, Nevada, where she was greeted at the airport by a driver who took her to a remote ranch house outside the city".

The former model and aspiring actress said she was immobilized and unable to speak as Cosby assaulted her after giving her a pill he described as an antihistamine.

The prosecution's plan to pair Constand's testimony with those of five other alleged Cosby victims is another difference from the last trial where only one other woman was allowed to testify that Cosby assaulted her.

The judge says that Cosby's lawyers can bring it up.

"I couldn't say nothing", she told the court, sobbing.

Even after the alleged assault, she met him alone, introduced him to her parents and called him 75 times, including late at night and twice on Valentine's Day, he said.

"He gave me a little blue pill with a shot of amaretto". Cosby is on trial accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.

Cosby's lawyer for his first trial, by contrast, tried to undermine Constand's credibility by focusing on what he said were her shifting accounts to police.

"I don't lie, sir", Dickinson said.

In his opening statement last June, Brian McMonagle said Constand hadn't told the truth - but only hinted at her alleged motivation.

Rochelle, who belongs to Femen, an worldwide feminist group, inscribed phrases like "Women's Lives Matter" and "Cosby Rapis [t]" and the names of more than 50 Cosby accusers on her body.

Dickinson was the latest woman to testify she was given a blue pill that incapacitated her, and she said she anxious her career would be ruined if she spoke out. I don't want to think that something that happened to me is my fault. But in a 2005 deposition that Mesereau showed her, Constand said she had told her mother that she was affectionate toward him.

In that respect, Constand was similar to other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault over the years.

She did not report the incident to police because she "knew that he could ruin my career if I ever came to and said something", she testified. "I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face", said Rochelle, who has been living in Paris.

Despite the wall of accusations against his client, Mesereau also teased the jury with testimony they'll hear from Constand's occasional roommate during her time on the road with the Temple basketball team that will paint her as a scheming madwoman with the ability and desire to manipulate and harm powerful men.

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