"And when I determined that these women were not being believed I wanted to support them".
"It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, 'I was raped, '" she testified. "I wanted a paycheck".
Under questioning by prosecutors, Constand, a Toronto native who worked as a women's basketball administrator at Temple University, said Cosby offered her pills and a sip of wine after she said she was "stressed" about telling the Temple coach of her plans to leave to study massage therapy in her native Canada.
Bliss questioned Thomas on the results of going public with her allegations, asking, "Since you came out, you've had a lot of attention, wouldn't you agree with me?" He says the encounter with Constand was consensual.
The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial described the comedian as "a serial rapist" Wednesday, stunning the courtroom as she parried with his lawyers. I said, 'What did you give me?
In 1984, Thomas was a 24-year-old aspiring actress when her agent arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips at a session in Reno, Nevada.
The closest she got to speaking with him directly, she testified, was posing for a quick photo with Cosby after eating dinner with him and a group of his friends after a show.
Under cross examination, Thomas testified that she chronicled her trip to Reno in a scrapbook and recorded a cassette tape at the home where she had the encounter with Cosby.
In a win for the comedian Wednesday, the judge overseeing the trial ruled his defense lawyers can inform jurors that Lasha pleaded guilty to making a false police report in Arizona in 2007 in an unrelated case. She left the mansion around 4am or 5am the next day.
Constand testified that she did not tell anyone of the attack until January 2005, about a year after she has said it occurred, because she feared coming forward. I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move and the message just wasn't getting there.
As they began building their case against Cosby, prosecutors chose Thomas, now a Colorado music teacher, as their first substantive witness.
Mesereau said that the defense had evidence that Constand had unpaid bills during her time at Temple, was struggling at her job and that they would produce emails showing she was running a "pyramid scheme" at the university. 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.
An extremely emotional Lasha, at the time a model and hotel worker, broke down repeatedly under direct and cross-examination, and simulating the "grunting" noises she said the Emmy-winner made.
Bill Cosby's retrial is now underway in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where the comedian stands accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. Cosby reportedly paid Constand $3.4 million in a civil lawsuit settlement in 2006.
Janice Baker-Kinney testified that she was given two pills.
Overall, the defense has been working hard to paint Cosby's chief accuser, the woman on whom the entire retrial really rests, as a desperate person who has manufactured falsehoods about an old and lonely man in order to make money and gain fame.
"I trusted him because he's 'America's Dad,"' Lublin said. But when Cosby's lawyers brought up a $100 million fund lawyer Gloria Allred has said Cosby's victims should receive, the women said they were either completely unaware or knew little about it.
Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau is going through a thick binder of police statements and prior testimony as he probes discrepancies between what Andrea Constand has said in the past and what she said on the witness stand.