Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Cosby Files: Who Is 'Prior Alleged Victim Six?'

She is known in court papers as “prior alleged victim six.” But on Friday, the woman who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of uncharged sexual misconduct in 1996 became a central figure in Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault trial when a judge ruled prosecutors can call her to testify against the entertainment icon.

Montco Judge Steven T. O'Neill/Submitted photo
In a one-page order, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled prosecutors can present the testimony of “prior alleged victim six” at Cosby’s trial on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University athletic department employee, after plying her with blue pills and wine at his home sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004.

So just who is “prior alleged victim six?” Here is what can be gleaned from court papers filed by both the prosecution and defense teams:

The woman, now 55, first met the married Cosby around 1990, when she was 29 and Cosby was 58, through her employment working as an assistant to Cosby’s personal appearance agent, the William Morris Agency. The woman formed what she believed to be “a sincere friendship” and believed Cosby “to be very friendly and fatherly toward her” and Cosby even mentored her on future career plans, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele wrote in court papers.

During the friendship, the woman accepted dinner invitations from Cosby, on occasion even bringing her children, prosecutors said. She also accepted invitations to Cosby’s hotel, where they would discuss future career plans and Cosby would also call her at her home and speak to her family members, Steele claimed in court papers.
Bill Cosby/Arrest Photo

“Over the course of the relationship, never once did defendant make any successful sexual advances toward prior victim number six, but instead used his fame, notoriety and public status to instill trust in her,” Steele wrote.

“However, on one occasion, defendant invited her to his home to read a script for a possible role on a popular show airing on NBC. This was an uncomfortable experience for her because the script ended with her giving a passionate kiss to defendant. She expressed and showed her discomfort and defendant made no sexual advances toward her during that time,” Steele wrote.

Sometime in 1996, still trusting Cosby, according to prosecutors, the woman accepted his invitation to join him for lunch to discuss career goals. Instead, Steele alleged, Cosby would administer an intoxicant and sexually assault her.

When she arrived at Cosby’s bungalow for lunch at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles, “to her surprise” Cosby was in his robe and slippers and he informed her that they were ordering lunch to the room. No one else was present, prosecutors claimed.

Cosby, according to prosecutors, offered the woman some red wine, which she declined to drink and then he offered her a white pill so that she could relax.

Montco DA Kevin Steele/Submitted Photo
“He repeatedly insisted that she take the pill with the red wine, convincing her by saying, ‘would I give you anything to hurt you?’” Steele alleged. “After refusing more than once, prior victim number six put the pill into her mouth. Defendant took great efforts to ensure that she ingested the pill, demanding that she open her mouth and lift her tongue. At that request, prior victim number six swallowed the pill.”

After ingesting the pill, the woman became incapacitated, unable to maintain consciousness and completely unable to consent to, let alone resist, Cosby’s unwanted sexual advances, prosecutors claimed.

“During her intermittent consciousness, she recalls being placed in defendant’s bed, next to him, as he lay naked beneath his open robe,” wrote Steele, alleging the woman “did not consent” to the sexual contact that subsequently occurred and that she recalled Cosby “making grunting noises.”

Defense lawyers Brian J. McMonagle and Angela C. Agrusa revealed in court papers that the woman, who they identify as “accuser No. 6,” is a client of well-known celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred and they wrote the woman “remembers some lotion and touching but has no memory of having sexual intercourse with Mr. Cosby.”
Brian J. McMonagle/Photo by Carl Hessler Jr.

Accuser No. 6 “is the only accuser who was older than Ms. Constand at the time of her alleged incident, and the only accuser on the Commonwealth’s list who self-identifies as African-American,” McMonagle and Agrusa wrote in court papers.

Of the 13 alleged prior accusers who Steele wanted to testify at Cosby’s trial, alleged prior victim six’s allegations are closest in time (1996) to the 2004 allegations put forth by Constand.

When "prior alleged victim six" does take the stand during Cosby's trial it's likely she will have to endure an hours-long line of direct questioning and cross-examination.

Stay tuned. Cosby's trial begins June 5. 

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