First Prior Accuser Returns To Stand At Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Retrial

Jim Melwert
April 11, 2018 - 8:39 am
 Norristown, PA, USA; Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The first of five prior accusers is returning to the witness stand on Wednesday in Bill Cosby's retrial on sex assault charges.

Heidi Thomas, a music teacher, model and actress, testified Tuesday that back in 1984, her agent told her she’d been picked for a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with Cosby. She was flown to Reno, but during a script reading with Cosby, she said, she took a sip of wine he’d given her. And after that, she claimed she has little memory of the next four days, only what she called snapshots. She described two of those “snapshots” with Bill Cosby as sexual in nature, but with no memory of how it started or how she got in the bedroom.

Jurors have yet to hear from primary accuser Andrea Constand, who claims Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in Cheltenham.

Bu they got their first look at Cosby's attorney, Tom Mesereau, who's best known for successfully defending Michael Jackson on child molestation charges in 2005.

Mesereau delivered his opening statement with no theatrics, standing at a podium, speaking in a low, almost monotonous, but methodical and authoritative voice.

Mesereau told the jury they might ask what Constand wanted from Bill Cosby. "You already know the answer," he said, "money, money, and more money."

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Mesereau told jurors there is celebrity, then there's the reality of a lonely life behind the glitz and glamour. He said Cosby, in Mesereau's words, made the terrible mistake of confiding in Constand that he had never recovered from the murder of his son.

He said Constand knew Cosby had a lot of money, knew that a few million dollars would be a drop in the bucket, and that Cosby would settle rather than fight it. Mesereau admitted it was a paltry sum to Cosby, but told jurors to look where it ended up.

Jurors have yet to hear from primary accuser Andrea Constand, who claims Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in Cheltenham.