Constand to Take Stand in Cosby Sex Assault Trial


"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.

"It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, 'I was raped, '" Baker-Kinney testified, after shying away from that characterization during direct examination. "I was limp, and I could not fight him off". "And I was really confused". I was in shock. "I don't want to have that guilt and shame". Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She denied using drugs during the time she said Cosby assaulted her, other than the pills she said he gave her. A jury deadlocked at his first trial last spring, setting the stage for a retrial.

Cosby lawyer Jaya Gupta told a judge Wednesday that Chelan Lasha's 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement "bears on her veracity". Cosby was a Temple trustee and alumnus.

Earlier Tuesday, Mesereau told the jury that Constand was in deep financial trouble and set out to exploit her relationship with Cosby. "He was very evasive with me; he said to me, 'I thought you had an orgasm.' I said I did not". "He got the picture".

Turning to Cosby, she made the remark that suggested he remembered the encounter. "They'll help take the edge off.'" Constand asked if she should put them under her tongue, like the herbal remedies they'd discussed. "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". Mesereau has injected an important piece of new evidence into the trial: the specifics of a $3,380,000 settlement that Constand received after suing Cosby in the mid-2000s. The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that Constand mused about framing a celebrity before she lodged sexual abuse allegations against Cosby in 2005.

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

Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Her story echoes that of each woman who took the stand this week, all of whom included the alleged use of pills and booze, and ended in cloudy recollections about rape.

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She said she woke up to Cosby violating her.

First trial: "I felt really humiliated".

She said she couldn't speak and couldn't get her limbs to move.

Constand said her next memory was waking up between 4 and 5 a.m, with her bra around her neck and her trousers "half unzipped". "What are you doing to me". Cosby, in the lawyer's telling, offered to help, introducing her to a top agent, as well as a prominent director and an agent. She sipped the tea, took the top of the muffin and drove herself home. Plus, Mesereau said with an air of nonchalance, Cosby was merely trying to rid himself of a "nuisance".

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. All of them testified they wound up unconscious from the pills or alcohol he gave them, unable to say no or resist as he had his way with them. "I had a really bad dream". She said she was really anxious about quitting her job. She saw two of Cosby. 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. She testified that he told her to come back to the house, and she agreed.

Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau is going through a thick binder of police statements and prior testimony as he probes discrepancies between what Andrea Constand has said in the past and what she said on the witness stand. She ripped Cosby's team for trashing her reputation in the courtroom, where lawyers are immune from defamation lawsuits, and in statements to the media.

"I was mistaken", Constand said in response.

Constand testified in June that she did not know Jackson.

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"Did you care?" he shot back.

Andrea Constand took the stand at his sexual assault retrial Friday.

Constand accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004. "But I wasn't threatened, and I didn't judge him". "And driving home I remember thinking, 'What just happened?"

Mesereau added: "Mr Cosby's no criminal".

"I could barely move", she sobbed. "I didn't know what was happening with my body, why I was feeling that way".

Cosby's attorneys said again that they believe that Constand found a way to extort money from their client, and they believed the other women were regretful about a consensual affair with a married man.

"He was very evasive with me", she continued. "A con artist is what you get, ladies and gentlemen of the jury", the defense attorney said.

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