Cosby lawyers launch fierce attack on 'con artist' accuser

Irene MckinneyApr 11, 2018

She says being a member of "The Cosby Show" cast is a making the trial very personal. "Finally Mr. Cosby has his day in court".

Thomas says she met Cosby in Reno, Nevada, after her agent arranged for him to give her acting tips. At some point, she says that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers.

The first day of Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial had a lot of fireworks, including a topless protestor who had once appeared on The Cosby Show.

She had appeared on The Cosby Show in the early 1990s when she was 12 years old in a part as a friend of Cosby's daughter on the show, Rudy. The performer, once known as "America's dad", stands accused of sexual assault. That fact had not been revealed at Cosby's first trial nearly a year ago.

"You're going to be saying to yourself, what does she want from Bill Cosby?" he added.

Defense lawyers are cross-examining her.

Rochelle didn't have any negative encounters with Cosby as a child on the show, the actress told the Associated Press.

She was 17 at the time and he was 48.

"Hollywood is a treacherous place", Mesereau said as he unspooled a retelling of Cosby's meteoric rise to the heights of stardom.

Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging Constand and assaulting her on a couch at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. "She's now a multimillionaire because she pulled it off", defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau said of Andrea Constand, 44, who won a $US3.4 million settlement from Cosby in a civil lawsuit in 2006. In a deposition he gave as part of Constand's lawsuit, the long-married comedian acknowledged giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

O'Neill had blocked the counselor, Marguerite "Margo" Jackson, from testifying at the first trial.

Security was stepped up on Tuesday outside of the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia after a topless protester jumped over a barricade on Monday and ran toward Cosby. I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face.

Rochelle was intercepted by sheriff's deputies and led away in handcuffs.

The European feminist group Femen claims Rochelle as one of its own. Also emblazoned on her body was the words "Women's Lives Matter". She was quickly detained. She said it's the group's "contribution to the global revolt launched by #MeToo". The amount had never been disclosed publicly, but Mr. Cosby agreed to reveal it during pretrial discussions.

Andrew Wyatt the spokesman of Cosby applauded the police for stopping the actress when he charged towards Cosby. "And you already know the answer: money, money, money".

Ziv also said most victims don't immediately flee from the scene and that it was a myth that women fight back against unwanted advances. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

Before opening statements on Monday and Tuesday morning, Cosby's lawyers filed a motion seeking to exclude or limit testimony by Ziv and another prosecution witness who is an expert on sexual assault victims' behavior.

Ms. Constand's acceptance of his invitations and gifts during a period of friendship of several months were the acts of a calculating woman intent on insinuating herself into his life, the defense said. "He was foolish, he was ridiculous, he was lonely and attracted to a younger woman, but he didn't commit any crime and you will gladly find him not guilty".

Constand and Jackson, who worked at Temple University and frequently traveled together with the women's basketball team, were in a Rhode Island hotel room watching the news when Cosby's name popped up. His last trial ended in a hung jury.

There are a few other key differences to expect from the retrial.

Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as protesters chanted at him, but he was not touched and is uninjured.

She was among about a half dozen people chanting in support of Cosby's accuser.

In the new trial, a fresh jury of seven men and five women has been convened. The jury that time was not permitted to hear about the settlement, nor was Jackson allowed to take the stand.

"Andrea Constand didn't come to us", Steele told the jury.

Cosby's last trial ended in a mistrial after the jurors were deadlocked.

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