Accusers confront Bill Cosby, and they aren't holding back

Accusers confront Bill Cosby, and they aren't holding back
From CBC - April 12, 2018

Women who say comedian Bill Cosby knocked them out with intoxicants and sexually assaulted them decades ago are finally getting a chance to confront himand they are not holding back.

Janice Baker-Kinney will return to the witness stand on Thursday after punctuating her first two hours of testimony at Cosby's sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia with a firm declaration: "I was raped."

One woman testifying on Wednesday pointedly called Cosby a "serial rapist," while another choked back tears as she asked him, "You remember, do not you, Mr. Cosby?"

The charged rhetoric irritated Cosby's lawyers, who lost three bids for a mistrial, as prosecutors built a case that the man once revered as "America's Dad" was one of Hollywood's biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief complainant in his retrial.

A Cosby spokesperson dismissed the women's testimony as "prosecution by distraction."

Baker-Kinney has been unflappable under cross-examination, calling out Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau for rolling his eyes at her and chiding the veteran defence attorney after she said he attempted to twist what she said about being assaulted.

She also turned back his attempts to dent her credibility, freely admitting that she experimented with LSD and other drugs in her youth and had a long bout with alcoholism. She denied using drugs during the time she said Cosby assaulted her, other than the pills she said he gave her.

"It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, 'I was raped,"' Baker-Kinney testified.

Women recall being starstruck

Now well into middle age, the accusers spoke of entering Cosby's orbit as starstruck young women seeking career help or, in Baker-Kinney's case, simply looking for a fun time.

All of them testified they wound up unconscious from the pills or alcohol Cosby gave them, unable to say no or resist as he had his way with them.

Baker-Kinney was a 24-year-old Reno, Nev., casino bartender when she says Cosby gave her pills she suspected to be quaaludes and had sex with her in 1982.

Chelan Lasha, sobbing uncontrollably as she testified, told jurors that she got to know Cosby through a family connection as a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress in 1986.

Dr.Huxtablewould not do this. Why are you doing this to me?- ChelanLasha, witness


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