Accusers confront Bill Cosby, and they aren't holding back
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Women who say comedian Bill Cosby knocked them out with intoxicants and sexually assaulted them decades ago are finally getting a chance to confront him – and they aren't holding back.
Janice Baker-Kinney will return to the witness stand today after punctuating her first two hours of testimony at Cosby's sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia with a firm declaration: "I was raped."
One woman testifying on Wednesday pointedly called Cosby a "serial rapist," while another choked back tears as she asked him, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"
The charged rhetoric irritated Cosby's lawyers, who lost three bids for a mistrial, as prosecutors built a case the man once revered as "America's Dad" was one of Hollywood's biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his retrial.
A Cosby spokeswoman dismissed the women's testimony as "prosecution by distraction."
And as Cosby headed into the courthouse today, his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, called them the "supporting cast" to Constand.
"These women proved that they were here to back up their sister – they got their sister's back," he said.
Asked how Cosby was holding up, Wyatt said, "Mr. Cosby's great."
Baker-Kinney has been unflappable under cross-examination, calling out Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau for rolling his eyes at her and chiding the veteran defense attorney after she said he attempted to twist what she said about being assaulted.