Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Cosby's accuser denies scheming for money

Cosby's accuser denies scheming for money

The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says jurors can hear the comedian's prior testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex.

Constand, the former director of operations for women's basketball, alleged she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, a former member of the Board of Trustees, at his Montgomery County home in 2004. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a Pennsylvania jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision.

Gianna Constand testified Monday she was concerned because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple University in Philadelphia in March 2004, about two months after the alleged assault, and moving back to Canada.

"Shortly after I took the pictures and he finished the conversation, he got on top of me", Dickinson said. "We were petting", Schaffer quoted Cosby as having said, reading directly from the police report of that interview.

"Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case", Cosby testified.

The District Attorney's office continued with its strategy to draw parallels between the allegations of Cosby's other accusers, who testified last week, and Constand's.

The defense attempted to poke holes in Constand's allegations by questioning her about the almost 70 phone calls she made to Cosby after the alleged assault, her involvement in a "pyramid scheme" at Temple and her sexual assault and conflict-of-interest training as a university employee, among other things.

Prosecutors have called five other women to the stand who said Mr Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too.

As Cosby arrived at the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday, spokeswoman Ebonee Benson told reporters that their testimony "seemed to be more colorful and more embellished" than at the first trial.

A Canadian basketball star who is the chief accuser in Bill Cosby's retrial has denied she is framing the comedian for sexual assault.

The defense lawyer then asked, "Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?" When Constand called him, Cosby reportedly replied saying, "Oh I felt like I was a dirty, old, perverted man", according to the mother.

It took place at a law office in Manhattan, he said, and Cosby described his relationship with Andrea Constand as a friendship that had become romantic.

He also tried to cast the victim as a gold-digger by referring to her settlement with Cosby, then told her it was against the agreement to talk about the incident afterwards or participate in a criminal case. "This isn't about money".

"I would not call them inconsistent statements".

Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

Defence lawyers for Bill Cosby hammered away at his main accuser's account on Monday, focusing on her cellphone records that they suggested contradicted her story.

In the deposition, Cosby graphically described a sexual encounter he says he and Constand once had.

Cosby, now 80, is the only major Hollywood entertainer to face a jury in the heated atmosphere of the #MeToo movement.

The former TV star ultimately settled Constand's lawsuit for almost US$3.4 million (NZ4.6 million).

During this retrial, the jury learned Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million to settle a civil lawsuit she filed in 2005. His ruling will depend on whether Constand testified that she knew Jackson.

Rebecca O'Connor, vice president of public policy for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest Network), an advocacy group that wrote an amicus brief asking that these accusers be permitted to testify during the retrial, explained that part of what makes the testimonies so powerful is that they tell virtually the same story for the first time in court.

Constand took the stand Friday morning when Cosby's lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau set the foundation for his team's attack on Constand's credibility - the strategy the defense has employed since before the trial started.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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