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Bill Cosby's chief accuser alleges drugging, assault

14 April 2018

When Jackson pushed her to report it, Constand admitted that it was a lie.

Constand's lawyer, Troiani, who negotiated the settlement for Constand in 2006, also has denounced the revelations about it and blamed Cosby.

Supermodel Janice Dickinson is expected to testify that Cosby drugged and raped her in Nevada in the mid-80s, too.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Rochelle, who belongs to Femen, an worldwide feminist group, inscribed phrases like "Women's Lives Matter" and "Cosby Rapis [t]" and the names of more than 50 Cosby accusers on her body.

Mesereau, the lawyer who got Michael Jackson acquitted on child-molestation charges in 2005, added that Constant charmed her way into Cosby's pocket.

"I trusted him. I took the pills", she said.

An extremely emotional Lasha, at the time a model and hotel worker, broke down repeatedly under direct and cross-examination, and simulating the "grunting" noises she said the Emmy-winner made.

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A year after the first trial, a confident Constand walked into the courtroom and faced questions from both the prosecution and defense through the morning.

At one point, she told police the incident had occurred in March 2004 before changing the date to January 2004.

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

Mesereau asked Constand about a previous failed business endeavor, where she allegedly borrowed almost $6,000 from an investor.

His first trial ended with a hung jury. Her account is being included, along with those of four other women, to allow prosecutors to demonstrate a signature pattern of predatory behavior by Mr. Cosby.

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

They said they accepted wine or pills from him which later immobilized them. She says she awoke to find Cosby penetrating her with his fingers and putting her hand on his penis.

Until then, she had blamed herself for the encounter, and had told few people about it, except her husband, a psychologist and her three daughters.

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But Mesereau's punishing portrayal represented a new level of intensity in the defense attempt to disparage Cosby's accuser, painting a far darker image of Constand than the one laid out by Cosby's defense team in the first trial.

She said she's never paid Ms Allred, hasn't been paid by the lawyer and hasn't been involved litigation against Mr Cosby.

On Thursday, a woman who alleges Cosby had her drink two shots that knocked her out told the jury she didn't realize until years later what he might have done to her.

During the first trial, Constand said she first met Cosby in late 2002, when she was the newly hired director of basketball operations for Temple University's women's basketball program and he was a university trustee and the Philadelphia school's most famous alumnus. She said she wanted to recount the trip for her mother and agent but destroyed it years later after seeing a psychiatrist.

Cosby's lawyer urged jurors to ignore the other accusers - calling them irrelevant to this case - but saved most of his fire for Constand, branding her a "con artist" who tried to frame the comedian for the money.

Confident and composed, Andrea Constand testified that she was visiting the "Cosby Show" star at his suburban Philadelphia mansion when he slipped her three blue pills he called "your friends".

Shortly after, Thomas told the court, Cosby had her "cold read" a script as a character who was intoxicated. Mesereau has injected an important piece of new evidence into the trial: the specifics of a $3.38 million settlement that Constand received after suing Cosby in the mid-2000s.

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

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Cosby has denied all charges of sexually assaulting and drugging women.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser alleges drugging, assault