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Bill Cosby's attorney Tom Mesereau kicked off day two of his retrial with a fiery opening statement.

She said she recalled "only snapshots" of the next four days.

"She has a history of financial problems until she hits the jackpot with Bill Cosby", Mesereau added. Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and molesting Constand, a former employee of Temple University's basketball program, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Mr Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault of Ms Constand, which could carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The previously undisclosed amount Cosby paid in the 2006 civil lawsuit Constand filed against him for allegedly sexually assaulting her was revealed Monday to be $3.4 million. Cosby's lawyers have signaled they intend to use the settlement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the former TV star in hopes of landing a big payoff.

"This was nothing about principle, this was about money", he said.

Mesereau's attack on Constand was a striking departure from the more subdued tone that Cosby's previous lawyer took at the first trial, which ended in a hung jury last spring.

Beyond his mantra that Constand - who laid out the details of Cosby's alleged abuse on the stand last summer - was in it for the money, Mesereau flew in the face of the courageous sexual assault survivors who've added their voices to #MeToo and implied that the "current climate in America" would make it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial. "It's called prosecution by distraction".

Brian McMonagle: "In 2005, they put an end to this nonsense" when prosecutors at the time concluded there wasn't enough evidence to charge Cosby. "When you don't have a case, you've got to fill the time with something else". "You never know who's going to want to make a name for themselves".

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"She's now a multimillionaire because she pulled it off", Mr Mesereau told the court.

The first of the women to testify about alleged prior acts was Heidi Thomas (then Heidi Johnson), who in 1984 was a model and aspiring actress. I wonder what It is. "They are not even fuzzy, they are not there".

"The next thing, I remember waking up on a bed. I didn't have any clothes on", she said, adding that Cosby was naked and forced himself on her.

The defense is expected to probe inconsistencies in her account during cross-examination.

Jurors also heard from a forensic psychiatrist and expert in sex crime cases. "It's part of the rape myth that victims report promptly and display a certain set of symptoms".

Ziv said victims are especially conflicted when their assailant is someone they knew and trusted.

It made no mention of the alleged assault, Thomas said, because she had planned to give it to her mom. "This case is about trust", Steele told the jury.

Thomas testified she blamed herself for what happened, thinking she must have said or done something that led Cosby to believe she would be open to his advances. All the accusations except Constand's were too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution. She and Cosby then settled a civil lawsuit in 2006 that would remain secret for nearly a decade. The settlement says Cosby entered into the agreement so long as the facts, allegations and information gathered during the course of the litigation did not become public. When prosecutors declined to bring charges, she brought a lawsuit against him. After questioning all 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the panelists told him they stuck to their pledge to remain fair and impartial.


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