Changing tactics: Cosby defence aggressively attacks accuser

Montgomery County Courthouse for the fifth day of his retrial for sexual assault charges

Lasha's remark came just minutes after another accuser, Heidi Thomas, who says Cosby drugged and abused her in 1984, had finished testifying, but not before declaring under cross-examination, "I want to see a serial rapist convicted".

On the third day of Bill Cosby's retrial for accusations of rape and sexual assault, accuser Chelan Lasha took the stand for an emotional testimony Wednesday.

"You are going to be asking yourself during this trial, 'What does she want from Bill Cosby?' and you already know the answer, "Money, money and lots more money", he said".

"Wyatt said the women 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".

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.

"I wanted it to stop", Constand said.

Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defence attack on Bill Cosby's chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he met Andrea Constand.

"The goal was not to attack Cosby in any way or to physically touch him, but I wanted to get slightly close to him so that he could hear the message and be uncomfortable with the truth of that message", Rochelle said.

The judge also barred a request made by Cosby's defense team to use a 2005 press release that Castor issued explaining why he didn't bring charges against Cosby.

"For me, it was also a matter of a numbers game", said Rochelle, an Ivy League graduate of Brown University with a degree in linguistic anthropology.

Thomas, the first accuser to take the stand, was a 24-year-old aspiring actress when her agent arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips at a session in Reno.

During the start of her testimony, Lasha told jurors she was an aspiring model in 1986 when Cosby invited her to his hotel suite for what she thought was an audition for his hit sitcom, "The Cosby Show".

"I got a little woozy, and he said, 'You need to lay down, ' " Lasha testified.

Montgomery County Courthouse for the fifth day of his retrial for sexual assault charges
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"Our new defense team has had the opportunity to thoroughly research her testimony and statements from a year ago, and will point to even more inconsistencies", he said.

Seeking to portray Lasha as a chronic liar, Cosby's lawyers won permission from a judge to tell jurors about her 2007 guilty plea for filing a false police report in Arizona.

"Thank God", she said.

"I couldn't say nothing", she told the court, sobbing.

Nicolle Rochelle, an actress and activist from New Jersey, told People, that she wanted to make Cosby feel "uncomfortable" on his first day of court.

"Shortly after I took the pictures and he finished the conversation, he got on top of me", Dickinson said.

With Constand living in her native Canada by this time, they went to the Durham Regional Police in Ontario and later told her brother-in-law, a Toronto police detective.

Cosby's first trial last spring ended with the jury hopelessly deadlocked.

As they began building their case against Cosby, prosecutors chose Thomas, a Colorado music teacher, as their first substantive witness.

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. However, O'Neill did chastise Lasha for her outburst and said he would remind other witnesses that they can not speak to anyone in the courtroom during their testimonies from now on.

She testified that she remembers waking up later to Cosby clapping his hands to her.

Dickinson is the fourth accuser to take the witness stand at Cosby's sex assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.

Cosby, 80, stands charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged 2004 incident at his Elkins Park, Pa., estate. "He was a married man, and I absolutely showed no interest in him".

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