Bill Cosby's main accuser set to take stand

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O'Neill, who sits much closer to the witnesses than the lawyers, never moved to quiet either witness, after they lashed out at Cosby, outside of the scope of questioning by the district attorney.

Cosby's lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau was able to start establishing a history of financial problems, which he made clear in his opening statement on Tuesday is the reason Constand sought out a relationship with Bill Cosby and ultimately falsely accused the wealthy comedian and university trustee of sexual assault.

Dickinson and Lublin were among five additional accusers whom prosecutors called to the stand to show Cosby had a history of drugging and molesting women long before he was charged with violating Constand.

Bill Cosby gestures to supporters as he departs his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Her next recollection was awaking the next morning in bed with Cosby. "And I was really confused".

She was stressed about telling her coach, and Cosby invited her to his home, she testified on the stand today, the fifth day of the comedian's retrial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Baker-Kinney was a 24-year-old Reno, Nevada, casino bartender when she says Cosby gave her pills she suspected to be quaaludes and had sex with her in 1982. "He placed me on the sofa, on my left side, and he placed a pillow under my head, and said, "Just relax there". Cosby began calling her routinely to talk about the athletic department and eventually about her life and career.

It's the same disturbing story that so many accusers have shared.

"He introduced her to writers from the 'The Cosby Show, ' and movie producers, but she just didn't cut it", Mesereau said.

"As a mother of daughters", she said, "and as one who is now a statistic, it was important to me that they know if anything happened to them, they could come to me". His first trial a year ago ended in a hung jury.

Speaking to reporters after her release from custody, she said: 'The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women'. Andrea Constand took the stand at his sexual assault retrial Friday. She testified that he told her to come back to the house, and she agreed.

The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness, and Mesereau said she will testify that Constand mused about setting up a celebrity so she could sue and get money.

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"These women proved that they were here to back up their sister - they got their sister's back", he said.

Chelan Lasha, sobbing uncontrollably as she testified, told jurors that she got to know Cosby through a family connection as a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress in 1986.

It's expected that during Constand's cross-examination that the defense will set her up to discuss one of their key witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a former co-worker of Constand's at Temple University.

Monday, prosecutors revealed for the first time that Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million as part of a civil settlement related to the alleged assault.

Mr. Lasha said she consumed both because "I trusted him". That trial ended with a hung jury, setting the stage for this week's courtroom showdown.

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. And one was someone you might have heard of - Janice Dickinson, the former model and reality TV star.

Colorado native Thomas testified that, at the time, she was an aspiring actress whose agent told her an entertainment icon known only to her then as "Mr. C" was looking to "mentor young talent".

"It's a very complicated and convoluted case", she said.

"No, he was married man, I didn't think he would be attracted to me", Constand replied. And they all told the jury that Cosby gave them some sort of intoxicant that incapacitated them.

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

As she was heading out the door, she said Cosby appeared in a doorway in slippers and a robe.

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