US News Bill Cosby’s chief accuser says she wants justice in sex trial

20:35  13 april  2018
20:35  13 april  2018 Source:   Press Association

Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement

  Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement Bill Cosby paid nearly $3.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement to a woman now accusing him of sexual harassment, according to a prosecutor. The actor's retrial opened on Monday, with his defence team expected to focus on one of the accusers' previous conviction.Andrea Constand claims she was drugged and molested by the TV star at his home in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual. © Getty Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial District Attorney Kevin Steele told the court she had been paid $3.38m (£2.

“What did she want from Bill Cosby ?” Gloria Allred, the lawyer for several accusers testifying, said she would put that move “under the heading of be careful what you wish for” because jurors could wonder why Cosby paid so much when he has denied wrongdoing.

“What did she want from Bill Cosby ?” Gloria Allred, the lawyer for several accusers testifying, said she would put that move “under the heading of be careful what you wish for” because jurors could wonder why Cosby paid so much when he has denied wrongdoing.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial(AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © Provided by The Press Association Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby’s chief accuser has given evidence at his sexual assault retrial, telling a jury she wants justice after five other women told the court he was a serial rapist who harmed them too.

Andrea Constand’s appearance was her second chance to confront Cosby in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

This time she will face a defence team intent on portraying her as a “con artist” who framed him for money.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017 © Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017 Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau told jurors in an opening statement that Ms Constand had 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 dollars to settle a civil lawsuit she filed after a district attorney dropped the case.

Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement

  Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement Bill Cosby paid nearly $3.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement to a woman now accusing him of sexual harassment, according to a prosecutor. The actor's retrial opened on Monday, with his defence team expected to focus on one of the accusers' previous conviction.Andrea Constand claims she was drugged and molested by the TV star at his home in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual. © Getty Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial District Attorney Kevin Steele told the court she had been paid $3.38m (£2.

Bill Cosby ' s chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless.

Bill Cosby ' s chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless.

Ms Constand, 45, told jurors on Friday that she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting Cosby locked up.

“Ms Constand, why are you here?” prosecutor Kristen Feden asked.

“For justice,” she replied.

Video: Cosby team arrives at court, main accuser to testify (Provided by Reuters)

Ms Constand, an athletic six-footer, said Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, when she was a women’s basketball administrator at his alma mater, Temple University.

She said Cosby offered her pills after she said she was “stressed” about telling the Temple women’s basketball coach of her plans to leave to study massage therapy in her native Canada.

Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement

  Cosby 'paid $3.4m' to accuser in 2006 settlement Bill Cosby paid nearly $3.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement to a woman now accusing him of sexual harassment, according to a prosecutor. The actor's retrial opened on Monday, with his defence team expected to focus on one of the accusers' previous conviction.Andrea Constand claims she was drugged and molested by the TV star at his home in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual. © Getty Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial District Attorney Kevin Steele told the court she had been paid $3.38m (£2.

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“What did she want from Bill Cosby ?” Gloria Allred, the lawyer for several accusers testifying, said she would put that move “under the heading of be careful what you wish for” because jurors could wonder why Cosby paid so much when he has denied wrongdoing.

He called the pills “your friends” and told her they would “help take the edge off”, the court was told

Instead, Ms Constand said, the pills instead made her black out, and she awoke to find Cosby performing a sex act on her. She said she was still incapacitated and “was not able to do anything” about the assault.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom for the trial of actor Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 © Getty Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom for the trial of actor Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 Her allegation is the only one among dozens against Cosby that has led to criminal charges. He says she consented to a sexual encounter and denies she was incapacitated.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said his new defence team has researched Ms Constand’s evidence and statements from last year and found “even more inconsistencies”.

Mr Wyatt on Thursday derided the five additional accusers as “distractors” and “advocates for the prosecution” and for Ms Constand. Just one other accuser was permitted to give evidence at Cosby’s first trial.

The women, Wyatt said, traded in “poetic licensing, better known as alternative facts”, and were pawns in an “Ocean’s 11-style script” cooked up by lawyers Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom, “to extort Mr Cosby for 100 million dollars”.

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