Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Accuser Tells Jury Bill Cosby is a "Serial Rapist"

Andrea Constand 44 will repeat her allegations Mr Cosby drugged and molested her after they met at his alma mater in early 2004 Accuser Tells Jury Bill Cosby is a "Serial Rapist"
Sherri Watson | 14 April, 2018, 03:58

"What does she want from Bill Cosby", Mesereau told jurors.

Mesereau's attack on Constand was a striking departure from the more subdued tone that Cosby's previous lawyer took at the first trial, which ended in a hung jury last spring.

A lawyer who represented Constand in the civil case, Dolores M. Troiani, rejected Mesereau's characterization of her client, calling it a "disgrace" that the legal system permits such defenses which, she said, deter women from coming forward to report sexual assault.

Taking the stand Thursday, Dickinson alleged that Cosby raped her when she was 27, after giving her a pill he claimed would help her with menstrual cramps.

Nicolle Rochelle, an actress and activist from New Jersey, told People, that she wanted to make Cosby feel "uncomfortable" on his first day of court.

Constand testified she chose to report the assault to police in January 2005, about a year later, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training.

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She said she recalled "only snapshots" of the next four days.

"I blamed myself", she explained.

Mesereau said that the defense had evidence that Constand had unpaid bills during her time at Temple, was struggling at her job and that they would produce emails showing she was running a "pyramid scheme" at the university.

The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial described the comedian as "a serial rapist" Wednesday, stunning the courtroom as she parried with his lawyers.

"I'd love to see if he thinks he's going to prove any of this", Troiani told The Associated Press. Cosby reportedly paid Constand $3.4 million in a civil lawsuit settlement in 2006.

Sobbing uncontrollably as she testified, Chelan Lasha told jurors she got to know Cosby through a family connection as a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress.

"It's all a fabrication there because I wanted the paycheck", Dickinson said, repeatedly invoking "poetic license" to feed and educate her children.

But when the accusations against the comedian began to surface, Rochelle said she "didn't doubt it for one second" due to "the sheer mathematics of it all".

Cosby's defense team past year portrayed Constand as a lover scorned, while his new gaggle of attorneys has repeatedly insisted she took advantage of a "lonely" old man to get to his millions.

Thomas, 58, a music teacher from Colorado, spent almost three hours on the witness stand over two days this week, testifying about a 1984 trip to Reno, Nev., where she says Cosby drugged and assaulted her during an acting lesson. She has said Constand once commented to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing suit.

Now well into middle age, the accusers spoke of entering Cosby's orbit as starstruck young women seeking career help or, in the case of a casino bartender from Reno, Nevada, simply looking for a fun time.

Dickinson said she wanted the book's sections about her rape to be complete and honest and gave that information to Fenjves but its use was overruled by publisher Judith Regan.

In her testimony Friday, Constand denied ever having intimate contact with Cosby prior to the alleged assault at his home. I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault that stem from an incident with Constand at his Philadelphia-area home more than 14 years ago. Cosby's lawyers have said her memories are tainted at best. "Why do you keep going back and back and back and back?" She says Cosby gave her a drink and forced her to perform oral sex as she faded in and out of consciousness. Constand is telling jurors she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting him locked up.

This trial is different in that five other women who accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them have also testified.