Bill Cosby's defense says 'so-called victim' was after comedian's money
14 April, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Laverne Higgins
"Were you able to verbalize and tell him to stop?"
"I just wanted her to know that everything that was being said about her and about us, that there was somebody out there who knew she was telling the truth", Thomas testified. I couldn't say anything.
"I was really humiliated". I was in shock.
"I thought it was absurd, given that Mr. Cosby was just a little younger than my grandfather", Constand testified. If convicted of aggravated indecent assault, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
The now 80-year-old entertainer has said he gave Constand the cold medicine Benadryl and that she consented to a sexual encounter. The first trial ended in a mistrial last June after the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.
A spokesman for Cosby told reporters Friday that they're confident he'll be found not guilty.
For this trial, prosecutors had the strategic advantage of putting Constand on the witness stand after a parade of other accusers who told jurors that Cosby had used the same tactics on them: preying on women who saw him as a mentor, debilitating them with pills or alcohol and then violating them when they were unable to fight back. Cosby was a Temple trustee and alumnus.
"She has a history of financial problems until she hits the jackpot with Bill Cosby", Mesereau added. He said, 'These will help you relax.'. "He got the picture".
Constand said she made a decision to go to police in January 2005, about a year after the encounter, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training.
Constand outlined her scheme to a Temple colleague, Marguerite Jackson, Mesereau said. "An entertainer. A very famous person". Cosby says the encounter was consensual, but paid $3.4 million in 2006 to settle a civil lawsuit.
Cosby's defense attorneys argued this week that Constand was a con artist obsessed with Cosby's fame and money. Feden asked the chief witness on Friday.
Andrea Constand began testifying Friday at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.
The judge is going to allow the prosecution to present the accounts of five additional women with accusations similar to Constand's against Cosby. She says Cosby then assaulted her.
She said she couldn't speak and couldn't get her limbs to move.
Constand said she awoke between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.to find her bra up around her neck and her trousers half unzipped. "I had to kind of get myself together. and started walking toward the door".
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Heidi Thomas told jurors on Tuesday that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in Reno, Nevada, in 1984. She sipped the tea, took the top of the muffin and drove herself home. Constand said she also spoke with Cosby to arrange tickets for her family to attend one of his shows.
It made no mention of the alleged assault, Thomas said, because she had planned to give it to her mom.
Frequently, Ziv said, victims go back to perpetrators and even re-enter a relationship in the hope of understanding what happened and minimizing its significance. Jackson says Constand told her that she could lie about being sexually assaulted by a celebrity in order to make money in a legal settlement.
She said the team coach did that, and she simply took the list and made the reservations.
Constand also gave Cosby's phone number to her mother, she testified. The next thing she remembers, she told the jury, is that she was jolted awake because she could feel Cosby's fingers in her vagina.
Under cross-examination Wednesday, Thomas rejected a defense lawyer's insinuation that she would do anything to help Constand. She didn't call him back, she testified.
"I was mistaken", Constand said in response. That trial ended with a hung jury, setting the stage for this week's courtroom showdown.
The comments came after the prosecution in Cosby's sexual assault retrial asked her to describe what she allegedly went through at the hands of the actor at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
Brian McMonagle: "In 2005, they put an end to this nonsense" when prosecutors at the time concluded there wasn't enough evidence to charge Cosby.
KELLY: So Andrea Constand took the stand today.
All five women described almost identical stories of how Cosby allegedly carried out sex assaults on them in hotel rooms. "But I wasn't threatened, and I didn't judge him". "I can remember feeling anger, disgust, and ashamed".
"Put them down", Cosby replied, she said, allegedly gesturing for her to swallow them with water. Cosby then got on top her, she testified. "He smelled like cigar and espresso and his body odor", she described. "I couldn't move, I felt like I was rendered motionless".
"He was very evasive with me", she continued.
Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss immediately filed a motion for mistrial following the statement, which O'Neill denied.
CNN's Aaron Cooper reported from Norristown, Pennsylvania.
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