Publicado: Sáb, Abril 14, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Cosby's chief accuser 'seeking justice' in sex trial

Cosby's chief accuser 'seeking justice' in sex trial

Jackson, a longtime Temple official, has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times. He says the encounter was consensual. But the retrial takes place in a world colored by the #MeToo movement and its reckoning with celebrities using their power to harass and assault women. He laid next to me, and he reached for my breast and was humping my leg.

Boxes of documents are wheeled into the courtroom on the third day of the retrial of actor and comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on April 11, 2018. 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 her than the one laid out by Cosby's defense team in the first trial.

Los Angeles defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau assailed Constand in his opening address as a conniving liar, con artist, and "so-called victim" who was out for money.

Tom Mesereau: "She had a history of financial problems until she hit the jackpot with Bill Cosby".

Her allegation is the only one among dozens against Cosby that has led to criminal charges. He settled the case for $3.4 million. Cosby confided in Constand "that he had never recovered from his son's murder in 1997". Jackson was not allowed to give testimony at the first trial.

Attorney Gloria Allred says a settlement agreement that Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand received shouldn't be used against her and instead should be viewed as compensation for a person "who had strong evidence she was victimized".

Andrea Constand says the 80-year-old comedian drugged and molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004.

Constand said her mother spoke with Cosby by phone, and he confessed and apologized.

Thomas, who said her agent had arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips, told the jury that she took a sip of white wine that Cosby gave her as they rehearsed a scene in which she was portraying a drunken woman. She said she had long struggled to make it as a model and finally had premiere clients such as cosmetics titan Revlon Inc "who would not have appreciated it if I had been raped and gone to the police".

"I couldn't say nothing". The pills left her feeling "frozen" and unable to resist him, she said.

Earlier, during direct questioning, Dickinson testified that she chose to cut from her book the story of being sexually assaulted by Cosby after her publisher, Judith Regan, warned her it could ruin her career.

She said during testimony at a courthouse in suburban Philadelphia Thursday that Cosby told her to sit between his knees and started petting her head.

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The defense team calls Constand a "con artist" who framed Cosby for money.

Constand testified that she did not tell anyone of the attack until January 2005, about a year after she has said it occurred, because she feared coming forward.

Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball administrator, alleges Cosby gave her pills and then molested her.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said his new defence team has researched Ms Constand's evidence and statements from a year ago and found "even more inconsistencies".

Cosby's lawyers say Constand outlined her get-rich scheme to a Temple colleague, Marguerite Jackson.

During direct examination, prosecutors highlighted that Constand has no pending lawsuits against Cosby, and she has already received a almost $3.4 million settlement as a part of a 2005 civil suit against the entertainer.

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

Tom Mesereau: Jurors should ignore the five additional accusers whom prosecutors plan to have testify because their claims are irrelevant to the case.

Dickinson is the fourth of five accusers permitted by Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill to tell their stories to the jury in the suburban Philadelphia courtroom.

It's Constand's second chance to confront Cosby in court, since his first trial ended without a verdict.

"These women proved that they were here to back up their sister - they got their sister's back", Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said outside court Thursday.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and the other women have done.

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