Bill Cosby's Main Accuser Takes the Stand at Sexual Assault Retrial

Bill Cosby Retrial

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.

Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater Temple University at the time of the alleged attack, said she went to Cosby's house to discuss a potential career change. Cosby, in the lawyer's telling, offered to help, introducing her to a top agent, as well as a prominent director and an agent.

"This is the type of man Cosby is", she said. He also instructed her to take a sip of wine, she said.

"The next thing I recall is", she said, pausing to take a deep breath, "I was kind of jolted awake and found Mr. Cosby on the couch beside me, behind me". She tried moving her arms and legs but couldn't do that either.

Under cross-examination, Thomas testified that she chronicled her trip to Reno in a scrapbook and recorded a cassette tape at the home where she had the encounter with Cosby. And while Jackson was not permitted to testify in the first trial after Constand said she did not know her personally, she will be testifying for the defense in hopes of undermining the prosecution's entire case.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. I was in shock.

They included inconsistencies in statements to police; at least 100 phone calls between her and Cosby after the assault was alleged to have occurred, most placed by Constand; and a fraudulent pyramid scheme Constand allegedly operated while at Temple.

In her second day on the witness stand, Heidi Thomas, a Colorado music teacher, told jurors she came forward with her allegations in early 2015 to support other women who have accused Cosby, not for the attention his lawyers say it brought her.

"Ms. Constand, why are you here?" prosecutor Kristen Feden asked.

"It was just my mistake", she replied when asked why she said first that the assault took place in March, the night they dined at a Chinese restaurant, rather than January, the night she hadn't eaten.

Lasha said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 when she was 17 and just out of high school in Las Vegas.

She'd also given him gifts of Temple paraphernalia and incense.

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. As a physically fit former professional basketball player, she was confident she could handle him. "You already know the answer: money, money and lots more money".

"I trusted him because he's 'America's Dad,"' Lublin said.

It's the only allegation among dozens against Cosby that has led to criminal charges.

Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Constand followed five previous women who also alleged they were drugged and assaulted by Cosby, a man they looked up to as a mentor and who often befriended their families to win trust.

Jurors will be able to hear about the criminal past of one of the accusers in Bill Cosby's sex-assault retrial.

The protester, 38-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, is an actress and performance artist who had a guest role on The Cosby Show as a preteen.

The retrial this week was actually the first time the settlement and sum was officially made public, and the defense has gleefully been using it to try and discredit Constand as being "greedy" and a "gold digger", as defense attorney Tom Mesereau claimed in opening statements.

Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt on Thursday derided the five additional accusers who testified as "distractors" and "advocates for the prosecution and Andrea Constand".

With Constand living in her native Canada by this time, they went to the Durham Regional Police in Ontario and later told her brother-in-law, a Toronto police detective.

Six feet tall, wiry and with a mane of curly hair, Constand spoke stiffly at first but warmed considerably when asked about her interests, in the fields of natural medicine and homeopathy. She has said Constand once commented to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing suit.

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