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Cosby accuser's goal is 'money, money and more money' - lawyer

Bill Cosby Accuser'Drowsy For Four Days Bill Cosby accuser calls him 'serial rapist' from witness stand
Eleanor Moreno | 11 April, 2018, 14:01

Accused serial rapist Bill Cosby is back in court in Philadelphia following last year's mistrial in which the jury deliberated for 52 hours before reporting to the judge that they were deadlocked about his guilt on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Before the advent of #MeToo, some 50 women accused Cosby of assault, many alleging, as Constand did, that he drugged them beforehand.

Thomas, who was a 24-year-old aspiring actress, said her agent had arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips and that Cosby gave her the wine as they rehearsed a scene in which she was portraying a drunken woman.

A lawyer who represented Constand in the civil case, Dolores M. Troiani, rejected Mesereau's characterization of her client, calling it a "disgrace" that the legal system permits such defenses which, she said, deter women from coming forward to report sexual assault. Cosby's first trial last spring ended with the jury hopelessly deadlocked. And she'll tell you she remembers waking up on this sofa with her clothes disheveled at 4 o'clock in the morning. He presented Cosby's accuser, Andrea Constand, in his opening remarks to the jury as a willful, greedy woman who ran a "pyramid scheme" and took advantage of a man who had lost a son.

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

It also was a likely glimpse of what is to come when the former Temple University basketball administrator takes the stand to say Cosby, an alumnus and former university trustee, made her woozy with pills and then penetrated her with his fingers. District Attorney Kevin Steele highlighted the 2006 civil settlement during his opening statement, in an apparent attempt to suggest Cosby wouldn't have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false.

Constand first reported an assault to police in 2005, a year after her encounter with Cosby.

If convicted, Cosby could face 10 years behind bars.


Tom Mesereau, who is famed for winning acquittals for celebrities, yesterday sought to discredit Andrea Constand, 44, who was allegedly assaulted by Mr Cosby in 2004. "You never know who's going to want to make a name for themselves".

Earlier in the day, Cosby had another creepy moment - when he flashed a grin as a forensic psychiatrist described how afraid a victim might be during a sex attack.

Ziv said victims are especially conflicted when their assailant is someone they knew and trusted.

"A woman's first impulse is to try and find a way to make it make sense, and the only way you can do that is by having contact with that individual again", she said. "He was forcing himself in my mouth", Ms Thomas said.

Mesereau said that the defense had evidence that Constand had unpaid bills during her time at Temple, was struggling at her job and that they would produce emails showing she was running a "pyramid scheme" at the university.

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.

That admission in the settlement led prosecutors to reopen the case against him, leading to these charges. The prosecution revealed the information on Monday during its opening statement. After questioning all 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the panelists told him they stuck to their pledge to remain fair and impartial.

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