Accuser Tells Jury Bill Cosby is a "Serial Rapist"

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Accuser Heidi Thomas stepped down from the stand earlier Wednesday, but not before firing a warning shot in which she said "I was to convict a serial rapist".

And, after telling jurors in his opening statement that Constand had operated a Ponzi scheme while running women's basketball operations at Temple University, Mesereau's evidence was a cut-and-paste email that Constand sent for a friend years ago. Asked why she had nonetheless continued the mentor-friendship, Constand called it slightly "absurd".

He told jurors that accuser Andrea Constand wasn't attracted to Cosby, but was "madly in love" with his fame and money. He says their encounter was consensual.

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

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

Constand said at the dinner Cosby put his hand on her thigh, and then at another he tried to unbutton her trousers.

She said she and her mom spoke to Cosby over the phone and that he allegedly confessed and apologized.

"Daddy says wake up, Daddy says wake up", she recalled him saying.

The trial took a far more combative turn Tuesday than the first go-round.

Testimony is finished for the day at Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial.

Andrea Constand told a jury outside Philadelphia on Friday that Cosby drugged her, then sexually molested her during a 2004 encounter at his home.

During almost three hours of cross-examination, which will continue on Monday, defense attorney Tom Mesereau established a total of nine face-to-face visits between Cosby and Constand before and after the alleged attack and asked whether Constand had ever seen Cosby's wife during those meetings.

Constand testified she made a decision to report the assault to police in January 2005, about a year later, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training.

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The defense calls Constand a "con artist" who made up her allegation in order to file a civil suit against Cosby.

Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Thomas testified she blamed herself for what happened, thinking she must have said or done something that led Cosby to believe she would be open to his advances. Mesereau has said that while Cosby was "foolish" to have a relationship with a much younger woman, especially as a married man, it does not make him a criminal.

During a spirited cross-examination, Cosby's defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, asked why a passage in Dickinson's 2002 book about the Lake Tahoe visit does not say she and Cosby had sex.

Thomas said her next memory was waking up with Cosby forcing himself on her.

So when he went upstairs while she was in the bathroom and returned with three round blue pills, she said she assumed they were homeopathic - so-called natural remedies that are often dissolved under the tongue. She awoke to find the actor known as "America's Dad" penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis. She never told her agent or her parents about the alleged assault. The first trial ended in a mistrial last June after the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.

Cosby's defence team, newly assembled since the first trial, has sought to discredit Ms Constand in the eyes of the jury by portraying her as a con artist whose only motive in accusing the celebrity of sexual crimes was to get money off him.

Constand said in court she was scared to tell anyone about the incident out of fear of retaliation until nearly a year later, when she told her mother. Cosby "placed me on the sofa on my left side, and he put a pillow under my head and said just relax there", she said. Several other women have also testified that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby in the 1980s, when Cosby was at the height of his popularity.

Constand is expected to retake the stand Monday when court resumes.

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Prosecutor Kevin Steele said in his opening statement Monday that Constand received a almost $3.4 million settlement from Cosby in a 2006 civil settlement.

Lasha is one of five women who will take the stand and prosecutors work to prove that Cosby for decades used his sway in the entertainment industry to prey on women.

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