Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

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

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

She testified that the actor offered her three blue pills, calling them "your friends" to "help take the edge off" and saying she took them believing they were a natural remedy.

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. He says it was consensual.

The first accuser to testify, Heidi Thomas, said she met Cosby the same way.

After a failed attempt to confront the entertainer a couple of months later, Constand said she moved back to Ontario, Canada, where she grew up.

The second day of the criminal trial against Bill Cosby started on Tuesday.

When she got there, there were two other people there - the comedic legend and another woman.

Defense attorney Tom Mesereau seized on discrepancies between Dickinson's testimony Thursday and what she wrote in her 2002 autobiography about the encounter with Cosby in a hotel room in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The women could help prosecutors insulate Constand from the defense's contention that she's a "con artist".

Cosby says Constand consented to their sexual encounter. She said she left the hotel and went to her high school guidance counselor's house to tell her what happened. This time the prosecution has been allowed to admit the testimony of five other women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. "He was a married man, and I had never shown any interest in him whatsoever".

Cosby's attorneys are expected to cross-examine Constand, including about the almost $3.4 million settlement she received. Other outlets, including Reuters, reported that she said: "You know what you did".

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".

When she got there, "He said to me, 'I thought you had an orgasm.' I said I did not". 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.

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Her harrowing account of the events in 2004 was consistent with the one she gave at last year's trial in suburban Philadelphia, and jurors watched intently and scribbled notes as she told how Cosby, the good-guy celebrity she viewed as a mentor and friend, had betrayed her.

Unlike in the first trial, which ended in a mistrial past year when a deadlocked jury failed to reach a verdict, the judge is allowing up to five other accusers besides Constand to testify against Cosby.

Cosby's defense team won a key ruling before the trial began Monday, and Mesereau made generous use of it in his opening remarks.

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.

A few minutes later, Constand said she became "woozy" and "weak", and Cosby led her to a couch in another room, placing her on her side.

She testified that she remembers waking up later to Cosby clapping his hands to her.

Model Janice Dickinson is the next Cosby accuser to take the stand. The veteran comedian's first court case ended in a mistrial in June (17), but prosecutors vowed to retry him. If indeed Cosby had given her sedatives with the intention of limiting her capacity to resist, there was something definitely sinister about his actions. And they all told the jury that Cosby gave them some sort of intoxicant that incapacitated them. Cosby then got on top her, she testified.

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

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is set to take the witness stand at his sexual assault retrial. "And I was really confused", Constand added.

But one new detail has already emerged in the form of a settlement Cosby paid to Constand in 2006, according to The New York Times: $3.38 million.

The Canadian massage therapist has been alleging publicly since she first went to police in 2005 that the comic drugged and molested her at his mansion in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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