The 5 Other Accusers Chosen to Testify at Cosby's Retrial
(VOA): Prosecutors have selected the five additional accusers they plan to call to the witness stand at Bill Cosby's April 2 sexual assault retrial. The accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, were chosen from a group of eight women whose allegations date as far back as the early 1980s. Prosecutors listed their selections in a letter to Judge Steven O'Neill that was made public on Wednesday. O'Neill's March 15 ruling cleared the way for prosecutors to broaden their case beyond the alleged assault of Andrea Constand in 2004 that led to Cosby's only criminal charges. They want to show that he had a pattern of misconduct over a five-decade span. At Cosby's first trial, which ended in a deadlock, O'Neill allowed only one other accuser to take the stand. But that woman is not one of the five who will testify this time in support of Constand's case. In the letter to O'Neill and other filings, prosecutors have listed the women only by witness number. The Associated Press was able to identify them by cross-referencing the details of the allegations described in court filings with statements and other accounts they have made publicly. The AP does not typically name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but those named below have consented. Attorneys for Cosby, who is now 80, have said the women's memories are tainted at best and tried to get them barred from testifying, but their request was denied. ___ The criminal case Andrea Constand Ages then: She was 30; he was 66. Constand told police in 2005 that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia estate. The Temple University basketball team manager said he gave her three unlabeled blue pills to "relax'' as she discussed a career change. She said she was semi-conscious when he digitally penetrated her. Cosby, a Temple alumnus, booster and former trustee, is charged with sexually assaulting a person unable to give consent, a felony that could bring 10 years in prison upon conviction. The defense says her story has evolved and there were other times they were sexually intimate. Cosby has pleaded not guilty. ___ The five other accusers Janice Dickinson Ages then: She was 27; he was 45. Dickinson met Cosby in 1982 and saw him as a trusted friend and mentor as she tried to broaden her career from modeling to music and television. Dickinson said Cosby arranged for her to fly to see him perform in Lake Tahoe and knocked her out with a pill he gave her after she had complained of stomach pain. She said she woke up in pain and found fluids between her legs. She never reported the encounter to authorities and has said she was afraid that if she did, her career would be damaged and Cosby would retaliate. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer said in 2014 that Dickinson's allegations were a lie and a "glaring contradiction'' to what she wrote in her book and what she had previously told the media. ___ Janice Baker-Kinney Ages then: She was 24; he was 45. Baker-Kinney, then a Harrah's casino bartender in Reno, Nevada, went to a pizza party at a nearby home where Cosby was staying in 1982. He insisted that she take two pills, she said, before the backgammon game they were playing went blurry. She said she recalls seeing her blouse unbuttoned and his pants unzipped before she awoke naked with signs she had been sexually assaulted. The defense says her story is "nothing like Ms. Constand's'' because she only met Cosby once, "voluntarily'' took quaaludes and apologized for passing out. ___ Heidi Thomas Ages then: She was 24; he was 46. Thomas' agent sent the aspiring actress to meet Cosby for career advice at a Harrah's hotel in Reno in 1984, but the limousine he sent instead took her to a private house where she said he gave her a drink so she could play the intoxicated person in a script he gave her. During intermittent bouts of consciousness, she said, she was naked and Cosby forced her to perform oral sex. The defense says she has given three versions of her story. ___ Chelan Lasha Ages then: She was 17; he was 48. The model and aspiring actress met and befriended Cosby in 1986. Lasha said he invited her to his Las Vegas hotel room to introduce her to a modeling agency representative and gave her a pill he described as an antihistamine and a double shot of almond liqueur to help fight a cold. At Cosby's behest, Lasha said, she changed into a robe, wet her hair and posed for a few modeling shots. She said Cosby then directed her to the bed, where he pinched her nipple and humped her leg as she lay immobilized and unable to speak. She says she woke up naked. ___ Lise-Lotte Lublin Ages then: She was 23; he was about 52. Lublin was an aspiring actress when she met Cosby in 1989. She and her mother went for a run with Cosby, and he gave them show tickets before he invited her to the Elvis suite of the Las Vegas Hilton to practice acting improvisation. He prodded her to take two drinks to relax, which she ultimately did. She said she recalls seeing Cosby stroking her hair and walking down a hall before she woke up at home two days later. She said she believes she was sexually assaulted. The defense says Lublin assumes she is a victim based on other media accounts but can only remember Cosby stroking her hair.
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Published Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2018 | 12:45 PM