Constand to Take Stand in Cosby Sex Assault Trial


Lasha, Baker-Kinney and a third woman who also testified, Heidi Thomas, are among five additional accusers whom prosecutors plan to call to make the case that Cosby, once revered as "America's Dad", was a Hollywood predator who is only now facing a reckoning after allegedly assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The now frail and isolated 80-year-old entertainer could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting 45-year-old Andrea Constand when she was a Temple University employee in January 2004. She said Cosby told her, "Put them down. And I just wanted to go home". She tried moving her arms and legs but couldn't do that either.

"Our new defense team has had the opportunity to thoroughly research her testimony and statements from a year ago, and will point to even more inconsistencies", he said.

As a child actor on "The Cosby Show", Nicolle Rochelle says she looked up to Bill Cosby as a "father figure", a mentor who offered her career advice and made her laugh on the set.

"I was really humiliated", she added. I was in shock. And I was really confused because - what I remembered before I went on that couch feeling blurry vision and what I felt.

After telling her guidance counselor and sister, she says she later received a chilling call, she testified, from Cosby himself.

Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau told jurors in an opening statement on Tuesday that Constand was a pauper who stiffed roommates on bills, racked up big credit card debt and once ran a Ponzi scheme until she "hit the jackpot" in 2006, when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle the civil lawsuit Constand filed after the district attorney at the time dropped the case.

"I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off", said Andrea Constand, who found herself in the same cavernous courtroom on Friday less than a year after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges against Cosby.

"Ms Constand, why are you here?" prosecutor Kristen Feden asked. In the deposition, Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl.

That picture of Constand is critical to the defense strategy laid out by Mesereau, who replaced Brian McMonagle, a prominent Philadelphia defense attorney who withdrew from the case after the mistrial without explaining why.

She said she was "very scared" about going to police because "he was a Temple trustee". Al Franken, Matt Lauer and other powerful men in recent months.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said his new defence team has researched Ms Constand's evidence and statements from previous year and found "even more inconsistencies". As a physically fit former professional basketball player, she was confident she could handle him.

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Cosby's lawyers have said her memories are tainted at best.

Earlier, Constand told the prosecutor, "I trusted him and was never threatened by him".

It's the only allegation among dozens against Cosby that has led to criminal charges.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Constand says Cosby called the pills "your friends" and told her they would "help take the edge off".

Jackson's testimony was rejected by the judge as hearsay in Cosby's first trial, but for the retrial she has been admitted as a defense witness. The first trial hinged mostly on the testimony of Constand.

Constand will be back in the witness box again on Monday as Cosby's lawyers continue their cross-examination. But in a 2005 deposition that Mesereau showed her, Constand said she'd told her mother that she was affectionate toward him.

Jackson, a longtime Temple official, has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times. She has said Constand once commented to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing suit.

Before Constand took the stand on Friday, Cosby's publicist Andrew Wyatt had some not-so-kind words for both the prosecution and Constand on the steps of the courthouse while the comedian stood by his side.

Lawyer Gloria Allred watched from the courtroom gallery as her clients Lasha and Baker-Kinney testified.

Jurors also have yet to hear from model Janice Dickinson, who says Cosby knocked her out with a pill and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, and Lise-Lotte Lublin, an aspiring actress who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her after prodding her to take two drinks to relax in 1989.