The testimony from Patricia Masden closely resembled that

By Anne Gearan Associated Press Published:

The testimony from Patricia Masden closely resembled that of the woman who has accused Albert of forcible sodomy and assault during an encounter at an Arlington hotel Feb. 12. Masden said she was bitten by Albert on two separate occasions, raising the image of an abusive pattern.

It was the strongest move so far by the prosecution, which saw the accuser's credibility seemingly shaken by an audio tape in which she discusses the case with a potential witness.

Prosecutors were expected to wrap up their case today.

Like Albert's 42-year-old accuser, Masden testified that Albert had cornered her, bit her and pressed for three-way sex. Defense attorneys fought to bar Wednesday's testimony, but Circuit Judge Benjamin N.A. Kendrick allowed it to show what prosecutors say was a pattern of conduct by the 54-year-old Albert.

Masden said she got to know Albert well during the early 1990s when he traveled with basketball's New York Knicks and she was the VIP liaison for Hyatt Hotels. She said he summoned her to his room in Dallas in 1994, saying he needed help sending a fax.

When she entered Albert's room and announced her presence, she heard him say, "Come on in."

"I turned around and I saw him standing there. I saw him standing there in white panties and garter belt. He was exposed and he was aroused," she said.

She said she stood there in shock as Albert approached her and began to rub against her.

"He told me he was tense and he needed some relief," Masden said. "Then he bit the back of my neck and he pushed me. He tried to push my head down to his crotch area."

As she tried to push Albert off her, she said, "I went to grab his hair and his hair lifted off. He immediately put his hands on his hair and I ran out of the room."

As surprising as the encounter was, Masden said, it wasn't the first time she had been bitten by Albert. She told jurors Albert invited her to a 1993 party he said he was having with the Knicks in his Miami hotel room.

When she arrived, the room was empty. She said she waited an hour before Albert showed up, and he was alone.

"We were drinking wine and talking, and he started asking me weird sexual questions," Masden said. A moment later, she said, Albert leaned over and kissed her and bit her on the lower lip.

"He asked me if I was interested in a menage a trois," specifically, three-way sex with another man, she said.

He also asked for oral sex and she refused. Then, he kissed her on the neck and the kiss turned into a bite, she said.

At that point, she left. She said he repeatedly apologized later, explaining why she felt safe when he summoned her to his room in Dallas.

As Masden spoke, Albert leaned back in his chair and put one hand to his chin, his face impassive. His fiancee, Heather Faulkiner, leaned forward and gripped the back of the bench in front of her.

Defense attorney Roy Black took much the same approach in cross-examining Masden as he used with the Albert's accuser _ picking at her credibility and accusing her of lying.

Black suggested Masden concocted her story from news reports about the case, and even learned he had a hairpiece from the media.

"No, I've known that for years that he wore a toupee," she said.

Black shot back: "Because you read it in the press?"

"You can look at it and see," Masden replied, evoking laughter in the courtroom. "Yeah, it's very apparent that he wears a toupee."

The top penalty for forcible sodomy is five years to life in prison. The assault charge _ a misdemeanor _ carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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