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Why a woman tested Bill Cosby: "I had the strength"



Since this month, she appeared in a court in Pennsylvania. Sitting on her hands because they shook so much, she became one of the few of Cosby's dozens of prosecutors to meet him again and helped secure their prison sentences on Thursday to sexually assault a former temple university employee.

"I realized that I had the strength to see someone who would commit a crime like this," said Lublin, 51, in a telephone interview from his home in Las Vegas. "I knew I was strong enough to say," You will not whip at me, you will not hold me and you will not close me. ""

The jury judged Mr. Cosby on retrial, after a hanging jury last summer, is partly attributable to the new cultural awareness born out of the # MeToo movement. However, in his comments after the judgment, Montgomery County lawyer Kevin R. Steele praised the witnesses for their courage and said they were decisive for the case. He also called each of them separately to convey his gratitude, and choked up and told Lublin that because they and the other witnesses had gone up they could win the case.

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Ms. Lublin with his husband, Benjamin, during a break in his testimony on April 12th.

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In 1989, Lublin was 23 years old in Las Vegas, her hometown, and modeling to help pay for college when she was invited by her agency to meet Mr Cosby. Guessed that he had seen her portfolio, she went.

At her second meeting, she said that he invited her to her suite at the Las Vegas Hilton, because he wanted her to practice improvisation, even though she was not an actor. He gave her alcohol to relax, she said, and soon she felt woozy and sick as if she could tip.

Mr. Cosby waved her over, she said, pulling her between the legs so that his back was against his groin and began to fight her hair. Mrs. Lublin remembers wondering why he did, and that she could not understand a word he said. She has some broken memories to be led by him down in a hall of the suite, and then nothing until she woke up at home in bed.

Ms. Lublin was mortified, but not then because of what Mr. Cosby could have done. "I looked at it like" Oh my God, Lisa, you got sick of alcohol; You will not even remember how you came home, "she said.

When Cosby came to her again and even threw a friendship with her mother, she felt safe: maybe her blackout behavior was not so bad Mrs. Lublin said that she and Mr Cosby met several times after that – but never by herself – and it was at his request that she started running on a track he looked at.

When the states asked what Cosby did there, Mrs. Lublin said he replied, "I'm out there with my daughter, Lisa." (Lisa is the name she passes by.) Eventually they come into contact.

After Mrs Dickinson publicly opened her story late In 2014, Lublin began to rethink what really happened at the hotel that night.

"I started to accept it, yes something happened," she said. Her mother, upset to feel self-adhesive, began to call television shows, and Ms Lublin found himself on "Dr. Phil, "tells her story for the first time.

It took her six weeks to request the courage to file a police report, but when she did, a detective told her there was nothing they could do. Ms. Lublin felt like she had been slaughtered, but then recovered. "I'm a fighter," she said. In 2015, she successfully invited Nevada legislators to extend the statute for restrictions to obtain rape fees for 20 years from four years, but the change does not apply retroactively.

Ms. Lublin said she never hid what happens from her children, a daughter now 11 and a son, now 13, or from her sixth-grade students who sometimes came up after class and asked if she was watching TV. "Yes," she said, "And I'm working to change laws to protect you."

When evil online comments about her opponent called her a "liar" and a "whore" – inevitably arose, a student wrote back, "Ms Lublin is my teacher and she is a wonderful person."

Year 2017, which prosecutors prepared to try Mr Cosby for sexual assault against Andrea Constand, the former temple worker, contacted the detectives Ms Lublin and told her that she could be called a testimony as a "previously bad documentary" witness as a customer help prove a pattern of criminal behavior by cosby

"One of the reasons that district attorneys picked Lisa when they heard that she was talking about petting her hair," said her husband, Benjamin Lublin. "It was a marker for them."

She was not called Cosby's first attempt. Then, in mid March, just before Lublins left for a spring break cruise to Mexico, came the confirmation. Ms. Lublin would be one of five women called to strengthen Ms. Constand's testimony. The district law firm flew her and her husband to Philadelphia on a red-eyed flight on April 9th.

A couple of days later a detective picked them up from the hotel and drove them to the town hall. They are deposited in a testimony where they played with Turks, the Russian Labrador Therapist Dog, which the prosecutors had brought in to calm the nerves of the people.

To further unlock things, Lublin set up his Bluetooth speaker and began playing his favorite country singer, Jon Pardi, and pulled out a favorite game, Sequence.

Early in the afternoon a court came and escorted Mrs Lublin, her husband at her side, to a court door near the jury's box. Ms. Dickinson, who had just witnessed, came out of the door. The couple embraced, and then Mrs Lublin went in.

"Just get to the podium and not travel," she told herself. The witnessed the seat surprised her – it was like a bar stool with a back. She sat down and began to scan the courtroom slowly. "Take this in," she said to herself.

She discovered Gloria Allred, the lawyer who had handled some of Ms Lublin's publicity and represented many of Cosby's prosecutors, including some in the courtroom, had the women Lublin been close with the years. She avoided meeting her eyes. "Locking eyes would reveal my vulnerabilities, and I would either cry or laugh," she said.

She wanted to come over as calm and clear and set high. Only then did she see Mr. Cosby, far from left, at the corner, and did not look on her way. "He looked sad," she said.

The only person she felt a little scared of, she said, was Steele, the district attorney. "He has eyes of steel too," she said.

She suddenly got chills and felt shaking so she shot her hands under her thighs. "The shake was uncontrollable," she said, "but my mind was clear."

A prosecutor, Christian Gibbons Feden, questioned her for an hour and then turned over to one of Cosby's lawyer Kathleen Bliss. Ms. Lublin had girded herself for a barbeque, but compared to Frøken's question about Miss Dickinson, whom she later called a "failed starlet", Mrs Lublin said that her own cross-examination felt almost toothless.

She said Bliss pressed for inconsistencies in Ms Lublin's old statements about changing Nevada statues and meeting with Mrs Allred. Miss Lublin found herself ashamed of Ms. Bliss, became snippy and depressed, but she was never awake. "The story does not change when you tell the truth," she said in the interview last week.

Ms. Lublin was back in her 25th grade classroom on Thursday when her husband rang with news about the sentence. Hours later, at home she found herself stunned and paced. "At some point," she said, "I just have to let me know."

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