Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Cosby Paid Sexual Assault Accuser Millions To Keep Quiet, Prosecutor Says

Cosby Paid Sexual Assault Accuser Millions To Keep Quiet, Prosecutor Says

Rochelle, of Little Falls, New Jersey, had the names of more than 50 of Cosby's accusers scrawled on her body, along with the words "Women's Lives Matter", when she ran in front of Cosby toward a bank of TV cameras outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse.

"It's all a fabrication there because I wanted the paycheck", Dickinson said, repeatedly invoking "poetic license" to feed and educate her children.

On the morning of April 9th, 2018 - a topless protester charged after Bill Cosby as he arrived at his sexual-assault retrial. "They'll relax you, take the edge off, '" Constand said. Unprompted, Lasha looked at Cosby and addressed him from the stand.

Constand testified Friday that she remembers having a hotel room to herself at Temple's away basketball games and did not recall ever rooming with Jackson. "And when I determined that these women were not being believed I wanted to support them".

One of those accusers, aspiring actress and model Chelan Lasha, surprised the courtroom with her outburst directed at Cosby while the jury of seven men and five women listened. "I thought it was my fault for 30 years". The medication reportedly left Constand incapacitated while Cosby sexually assaulted her, though Cosby claims that anything done that night was purely consensual. Cosby settled her civil suit for.4 million in 2006.

"I don't lie, sir", Dickinson said.

She said she flew to Reno, Nevada, to meet Cosby, who was then appearing at Harrah's casino.

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The closest she got to speaking with him directly, she testified, was posing for a quick photo with Cosby after eating dinner with him and a group of his friends after a show. "I remember thinking, 'I feel sick, and how did I get here?'" Thomas, now a private music teacher, said she had not.

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer told a jury on Tuesday that accuser Andrea Constand was a "con artist" out to extort money from the famed comedian, saying she concocted a false story of sexual assault to pay for her education and set up a business.

Constand said she awoke between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.to find her bra up around her neck and her trousers half unzipped.

"Daddy says wake up", Cosby told her, she testified.

Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan argued the defense will get a chance to test Lasha's credibility when she's cross-examined. Instead, she admitted that she had not been assaulted but came up with a plan to say otherwise for the sake of money.

A jury deadlocked at his first trial last spring, setting the stage for a retrial.

Between the trials, US popular culture was shaken by the #MeToo movement, which encouraged an increasing number of women to step forward with stories of sexual harassment or assault at the hands of the rich and powerful.

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Prosecutors are calling Dickinson and other accusers to the witness stand to show the 80-year-old comedian has a history of drugging and molesting women.

Overall, the defense has been working hard to paint Cosby's chief accuser, the woman on whom the entire retrial really rests, as a desperate person who has manufactured falsehoods about an old and lonely man in order to make money and gain fame.

Lasha said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 when she was 17 and just out of high school in Las Vegas.

He told the court in Pennsylvania that she "hit the jackpot" when Cosby paid her 3.4 million dollars (£2.4 million) to settle a lawsuit over allegations he drugged and molested her in 2004. "I definitely would have trusted him as well".

The beginning of Lasha's account came after Thomas, 58, a music teacher from Colorado, spent almost three hours on the witness stand over two days this week, testifying about her 1984 trip to Reno, Nev., where she says Cosby drugged and assaulted her during an acting lesson.

Judge O'Neill explained to the jury that Mr. Cosby is not being charged for the accusations leveled by Ms. Thomas.

Thomas said she chronicled her trip to Reno in a scrapbook and recorded a cassette tape at the home where she had the encounter with Cosby.

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