Cosby prosecutors line up accusers after ‘con-artist’ attack

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Bill Cosby, center, leaves his sexual assault trial with spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, left, at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby paid nearly $3.4 million to the woman he is charged with sexually assaulting, a prosecutor revealed to jurors Monday, answering one of the biggest questions surrounding the case as […]

Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defense attack on Bill Cosby’s chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he allegedly assaulted Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
    
The first of the five women, Heidi Thomas, returns to the witness stand on Wednesday. She told jurors on Tuesday that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in Reno, Nevada, in 1984.
    
The women could help prosecutors insulate Constand from the defense’s contention that she’s a “con artist.”
    
Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau said in an opening statement that Constand framed him to score a big payday.
    
The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Thomas have done.
 

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