Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial: Prosecutor Says Comic Exploited ‘Power,’ ‘Fame’

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Jurors in the Bill Cosby trial heard from the first witness Monday — a woman who testified in tears that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian in 1996 and who then came under a blistering cross-examination from the defense.

“Did anyone tell you to get selective amnesia in this case?” Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle screeched at the woman, who had worked for Cosby’s agent at the William Morris Agency.

He questioned why she had waited for almost 20 years to come forward and publicly accuse Cosby at a January 2015 press conference as allegations of sexual misconduct by dozens of other women piled up.

“I was very afraid because I have a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at that time and it was just me, just me and my word against his,” she shot back from the witness stand.

It was a dramatic beginning to the trial of the world-famous comedian, who listened intently as the legal fireworks erupted inside the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Cosby, 79, is not charged with attacking the first witness, who is described in court documents as Prior Alleged Victim No. 6, but has used the pseudonym Kacey in public appearances.

Prosecutors put her on the stand in the hopes of proving a pattern of behavior by the star, who is on trial for allegedly drugging and molesting another woman, Andrea Constand, in 2004.

She began her afternoon testimony in a clear and calm voice.

She said that Cosby took an interest in her while she was working as an assistant to his late agent, Tom Illius, at the William Morris Agency, in Los Angeles the 1990s — in a “fatherly, favorite uncle, Dr. Huxtable kind of way.”

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Image: Cosby arrives at court with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam

Bill Cosby arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam at the Montgomery County Courthouse before the opening of the sexual assault trail June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.