Three Accusers In Cosby Trial Paint Similar Picture Of Alleged Assault
Three of Bill Cosby’s accusers testified on the stand Wednesday and painted a similar picture of the comedian’s alleged assaults, according to Deadline.
One of the women, Janice Baker-Kinney, told the jury about a night when she lived in Reno, Nevada, in 1981 when she was invited to the home where the 80-year-old actor was staying. She said Cosby offered her two pills that he said were quaaludes. The next thing she recalls is waking up the next morning naked beside the actor and in a haze, feeling like she had sex the night before.
Cosby faces charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.
Baker Kinney said she has blamed herself for the last 30 years for the alleged incident.
“I blamed myself,” she explained. “I thought it was my fault for 30 years. That’s why I didn’t say I was raped or feel that way.”
A second woman, Chelan Lasha, told about how she met the actor as a high school senior through a family friend. She said Cosby wanted to talk to her about a possible role on “The Cosby Show” so she went to meet him at his Las Vegas hotel. She claimed the actor gave her an antihistamine to deal with a cold she had and a shot of alcohol. Lasha said the pill made her drowsy and Cosby suggested she lay down on the bed, where she said she “couldn’t move.”
“I couldn’t move anymore,” Lasha explained. “He kept grabbing my breasts and humping my legs.”
At one point, she yelled at Cosby from the stand saying, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?” The move prompted his defense team to call for a mistrial which was denied by Judge Steven O’Neill.
A third woman, Heidi Thomas, told the jury that during a trip to Reno in 1984 Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted her after offering her some wine.
“I want to see a serial rapist convicted,” Thomas explained, when asked if she was there to help Constand.
Defense attorneys attempted to paint all three women as just out to “grab a pot of gold,” similar to what they stated during their opening arguments about Constand.