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Bill Cosby´s chief accuser says she wants justice in sex trial

Andrea Constand Bill Cosby Bill Cosby´s chief accuser says she wants justice in sex trial
Herman Weaver | 14 April, 2018, 14:03

"I was weak, I was limp and I couldn't fight him off". And I was really confused because - what I remembered before I went on that couch feeling blurry vision and what I felt. I was in shock. In a deposition he gave as part of Constand's lawsuit, the long-married comedian acknowledged giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying an upper sentence of 10 years in prison.

Constand has denied ever saying what Jackson claims she said. He was tried for the same charges last June but the case collapsed after the jury was unable to agree on a verdict.

A spokesman for Cosby told reporters Friday that they're confident he'll be found not guilty.

She 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.

"A con artist is what you get, ladies and gentlemen of the jury", the defense attorney said.

Lasha is one of five additional accusers expected to testify.

Constand outlined her scheme to a Temple colleague, Marguerite Jackson, Mesereau said. "He was also a community leader, . and that made him a very well-respected person at Temple, and I was grateful for (him) helping me in any way that he did".

Cosby has said the pills he gave Constand were Benadryl.

On Friday, Constand testified that Cosby allegedly drugged and raped her at his house in 2004.

The defense has urged jurors to ignore the other accusers, calling their allegations irrelevant to the charges involving Constand, who turned 45 on Wednesday. He avoided her gaze when the prosecution asked her to point out the perpetrator in the courtroom. "I remember something warm hitting my leg", she said.

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. But before you do, let me give this warning to our listeners. She sipped the tea, took the top of the muffin and drove herself home. She and Cosby had a romantic relationship.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. But the most emotional she got was when she talked about the toll of the alleged assault and toll the media coverage of it has taken on her and her family. "I had a really bad dream".

"I didn't want it to happen to anybody else, what had happened to me", she said.

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The former Temple University women's basketball executive says Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004, when he was a powerful trustee at the school. He put a pillow under her head and said, "Just relax there". She said she was really anxious about quitting her job.

"Hollywood is a treacherous place", Mesereau said as he unspooled a retelling of Cosby's meteoric rise to the heights of stardom. She awoke to find the actor known as "America's Dad" penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis. "And after a very short time on the telephone with my mom there, he eventually apologized for what he did".

Cosby's attorneys are expected to cross-examine Constand, including about the almost $3.4 million settlement she received. She didn't call him back, she testified.

The defense is also likely to challenge Constand's phone records, which show calls to Cosby after the alleged assault.

"I was mistaken", Constand said in response. The first trial hinged mostly on the testimony of Constand.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, called the defence attacks on her client "outrageous" and "baseless". But when things don't work out, Mesereau said, "they're angry". "Why do you keep going back and back and back and back?"

KELLY: So Andrea Constand took the stand today.

Constand is Cosby's chief accuser in a case that lacks virtually any forensic evidence. He is now facing a new jury - seven men and five women - selected last week in Montgomery County, just outside of Philadelphia. Each of the women has alleged the same combination of pills which Cosby encouraged them to take as "relaxants" before he assaulted them while they were in a semi-conscious state. "Finally, Mr. Cosby gets his day in court". "He smelled like cigar and espresso and his body odor", she described.

"I could barely move".

"He was very evasive with me", she continued.

Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Lise-Lotte Lublin have each testified over the past few days that Cosby incapacitated them with drugs or wine and then assaulted them in separate incidents decades ago.

Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan argued the defense will get a chance to test Lasha's credibility when she's cross-examined.

Rubinkam reported from northeast Pennsylvania.

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