Bill Cosby defense presses witness who claims he raped her in 1982

Former 'Cosby Show' Actress Arrested While Protesting Bill Cosby's Sexual Assualt Trial

Former 'Cosby Show' Actress Arrested While Protesting Bill Cosby's Sexual Assualt Trial

Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defense attack on Bill Cosby's chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he allegedly assaulted Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

As Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial gets underway, early attention has focused on Andrea Constand, whose allegations against the entertainer were the first to become known publicly and ultimately led to the charges he's now facing. "He gave her pills, she was incapable of consent, he sexually assaulted her, and he admitted it".

Constand offered brief details of seven social encounters she had with Cosby before the alleged assault, including one in which she said he put his hand on her thigh and another when she said he tried to "unbutton my button on my trousers".

The first witness in the case was Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist who testified about how sexual assault victims behave.

The case against Cosby hinged on Constand's standing strong against him in her testimony as lawyers attempted to use certain facts against her, such as that she had once been friends with him through associations at Temple and that he had a habit of coming on to women, including her. The combination immobilized her and rendered her unable to speak. Chelan Lasha yelled. "What you did to me?"

"The next thing, I remember waking up on a bed".

"I could barely move". "He kept grabbing my breasts and humping my legs".

"You are going to be asking yourself during this trial, 'What does she want from Bill Cosby?' and you already know the answer, "Money, money and lots more money", he said".

Thomas had testified that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in 1984 in Reno, Nevada. What are you doing? "You are supposed to help me be successful".

Turning to Cosby, she made the remark that suggested he remembered the encounter.

Four other women, in addition to Lasha, are testifying that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in this trial.

On Monday, prosecutors revealed for the first time that Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million as part of a civil settlement related to the alleged assault. Constand will take the stand over the course of the trial, as well as four other accusers of the almost 60 women who have come out with allegations against the comedian.

Outside court, Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson called the testimony from prior accusers a "prosecution by distraction".

In opening arguments on Tuesday, Mesereau said Cosby was lonely and vulnerable at the time, having never recovered from the 1997 murder of his son, Ennis, by a street punk in Los Angeles. "Once the jury hears the evidence of the case we are here for, they will render a verdict of not guilty".

Her protest came ahead of opening statements in a case that pits Cosby against a former Temple University women's basketball official who says the comedian drugged and molested her in 2004. He says their encounter was consensual. Only one of the more than 60 women who have accused him was permitted to testify at the first trial, which ended with a hung jury. She said that after she took the blue pill from Cosby, she began to feel woozy.

She added, "I found him to be a very nice guy and it was a wonderful experience for me". "I had a good time". "That's pretty appalling. The very least I could do is lend my body to this cause". "But it's going to be with me forever".

The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness, and Mesereau said she will testify that Constand mused about setting up a celebrity so she could sue and get money.

Earlier, during direct questioning, Dickinson testified that she made a decision to cut from her book the story of being sexually assaulted by Cosby after her publisher, Judith Regan, warned her it could ruin her career.

"It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, 'I was raped, '" she testified.

Mesereau stressed that Constand had a history of financial problems, but she hit the jackpot with Cosby.

Under cross examination Wednesday, Thomas rejected a defense lawyer's insinuation that she would do anything to help Constand.

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