Main accuser to testify in Cosby Trial Friday

Nicolle Rochelle who appeared in The Cosby Show

Cosby's lawyer has blasted Constand as a "con artist" who leveled false accusations of sexual assault against the star as part of a scheme to get money from him.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.

Cosby has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual.

Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau grilled Dickinson over her 2002 ghost-written memoir, "No Lifeguard On Duty" that makes no mention of the rape.

Lasha says she was immobilized and unable to speak after Cosby gave her a little blue pill and two shots of amaretto.

Turning to Cosby, she made the remark that suggested he remembered the encounter.

Psychiatrist Barbara Ziv was the first witness to testify at Cosby's retrial Tuesday.

In addition to chief complainant Constand, former model Janice Dickinson is one of five additional accusers testifying during the retrial.

Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau said in an opening statement that Constand framed him to score a big payday.

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Testimony was halted until Monday after the defense presented 100 pages of emails, which they claim tie Constand to a pyramid scheme, and which the judge said she needed time to read.

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.

But the three counts against Constand is the only criminal case to stick, as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

Attorneys for Cosby and attorneys for several of the women who have accused him of sexual assault spoke to reporters on the steps of the suburban Philadelphia courthouse as the trial broke for lunch Friday.

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

It's expected that during Constand's cross-examination that the defense will set her up to discuss one of their key witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a former co-worker of Constand's at Temple University.

Under cross examination Wednesday, Thomas rejected a defence lawyer's insinuation that she would do anything to help Constand.

Constand says the pills instead made her black out. The next thing she remembers is coming to, feeling Cosby behind her, and his fingers inside her vagina. She says the comedian then assaulted her.

Andrea Constand began testifying Friday at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.

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Cosby's first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury could not reach a verdict.

The defense has urged jurors to ignore the other accusers, calling their allegations irrelevant to the charges involving Constand, who turned 45 on Wednesday. Cosby paid her $3.4 million in a 2006 civil settlement.

She told jurors that it's common for victims to be reluctant to go to police and normal for them to maintain contact with perpetrators.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, called the attacks on her client "outrageous" and "baseless", and ripped Cosby's team for trashing her reputation in the courtroom - where lawyers are immune from defamation lawsuits - and in statements to the media.

Heidi Thomas, who was a 24-year-old aspiring actress in 1984 when she met Cosby in Reno, Nevada, testified he knocked her out with a potent glass of wine and forced her to perform oral sex. The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the fifth day of his sexual assault retrial where he's expected to come face to face with his primary accuser. Cosby's legal team at his first trial wasn't almost as aggressive in attacking Constand, focusing instead on inconsistencies in her statements to police and arguing the pair had a romantic relationship.

Five other women have spent the week telling jurors that the entertainer is a serial rapist who also harmed them.

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

Friday morning at Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Courthouse, Andrea Constand, the former Temple University sports director at the center of the commonwealth's felony sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby, took the stand. Cosby then assaulted her, touching her breast and rubbing himself against her leg, Lasha said.

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