Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Cosby Lawyers Question Accuser About Money-Making Endeavors

Andrea Constand Testifies Agreeing to $3.38M Settlement With Cosby Because She 'Just Wanted It Over' Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'
Nicole Thomas | 17 April, 2018, 19:20

Gianna Constand testified that Cosby said during the phone call that he was a "sick man".

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are retrying Cosby on charges that he drugged and raped Andrea Constand, 45, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2014.

Ms Constand told the court that she does not know Marguerite Jackson - a woman who the defence plan to call as a witness as part of their attempt to discredit her. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

Judge Steven O'Neill disclosed the injury as the retrial resumed Monday.

Constand was more confident and composed as she told jurors about the night in question.

A judge blocked Jackson from testifying at last year's trial after Constand took the stand and denied knowing her.

Bliss then attempted to show that Gianna Constand did not know everything going on in her daughter's life, and therefore wouldn't know if she was "having an affair" with Cosby.

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.

The defence lawyer then asked, "Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?" Gianna Constand testified that she is very close with her daughter and spoke to Andrea Constand frequently during her 18 months employed by Temple.

Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.

The mother testified about a phone conversation she said she had with Cosby about a year after the alleged assault on her daughter in which he described in graphic detail their sexual encounter and then apologised.

The defence pointed to the phone records as evidence that she had kept in touch with Cosby in the following weeks at a level at odds with her account of having been assaulted.

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"When I was talking to him my anger was so fierce, I had broken capillaries in my eyes and my eyes were like two pools of blood", Constand, who traveled from Ontario, Canada to testify, said of the January 2005 phone call.

Constand agreed, saying he she wanted it to go away, too.

First trial: The defence didn't ask Constand about emails she had sent that promised big returns for a risk-free $65 investment - what the defence at the second trial has called a "Ponzi scheme".

Phone records show the former director of women's basketball operations at Temple University made brief calls to Cosby around the time of a Temple home game on February 14, 2004.

"You think you called Mr. Cosby to talk about basketball?"

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.

Mesereau, in his cross-examination of Constand, asked her about inconsistencies in her statements to police about the alleged assault.

Constand received a $3.4 million settlement from the actor in a civil lawsuit in 2005.

The lawyer also questioned Constand about her job at Temple and whether she had complained about the pay and tried to make additional money through other sources.

Constand explained that she may have been mistaken, that there were times Cosby told her in advance that the gate would be open and that she often reached him at another number. The long-married comedian said he never took the drug, instead giving it to women he wanted to have sex with "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'".

If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravated The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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