Bill Cosby's accuser, her mother testify at sex-assault retrial

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

To support the argument that Ms. Constand's account is a fabrication, Mr. Cosby's lawyers have said they plan to bring forward an academic adviser at Temple who said she had roomed with her during university basketball trips.

As lawyers argued about phrasing in the corner, Constand, in a muted peach-toned jacket, closed her own eyes, breathing in and out as she waited.

On Monday, the defence lawyer suggested Ms Constand broke her 2006 confidential settlement agreement with Mr Cosby by agreeing to co-operate with law enforcement in the reopened criminal case.

"I was just helping a friend", she said. "This isn't about money".

Gianna Constand told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.

Gianna Constand says that during the phone call, Cosby acknowledged he gave Andrea Constand a prescription medication and then graphically described their sexual encounter.

In the call, played during court, he did reference mailing the label on the bottle of pills he had given to Andrea Constand before the alleged assault so her mother would know what he gave her. She said he described how he'd touched Andrea Constand's breasts and vagina and guided her hand to his penis.

"I can't speak for him, but I was glad it was over", Constand said in court Monday.

On redirect, prosecutor Kevin Steele asked Gianna Constand whether the defense had even bothered to ask about the incident and the phone call she made to Cosby where she said he admitted the alleged assault to her.

Ms Andrea Constand said she had called him as she drove to his home in January 2004 when she claimed he sexually assaulted her. This time, defense lawyers are trying to portray Constand as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in him and then leveled a false accusation of sexual assault so she could file a lawsuit.

Among the "prior bad acts" witnesses was TV star and supermodel Janice Dickinson, who testified Thursday that she confronted Cosby and wanted to strike him after she said he drugged her and raped her in 1982 at a hotel in Lake Tahoe.

But Ms Constand's phone records show she did not make any calls to Mr Cosby's mansion that month.

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.

First trial: Agrusa asked Constand, "When you traveled to the away games while you were director of basketball operations, did you know or work with a woman named Margo Jackson?"

Constand says she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was an alumnus and trustee.

The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that before Constand lodged her allegations against Cosby in 2005, Constand had mused to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing suit.

Yesterday, under questioning by Mesereau, Constand denied knowing Jackson, rooming with her or ever speaking to her.

On Monday, Constand testified she didn't "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson. His first trial on the charges ended past year in a mistrial after a Pennsylvania jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision.

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

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.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden fought back at the inconsistencies by talking Constand through what remained consistent throughout interviews with police, the deposition and her time on the witness stand in this retrial: the allegation that Cosby offered her three pills and sexually assaulted her.

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

Constand is Cosby's chief accuser in a case that lacks virtually any forensic evidence.

Cosby could face 10 years in prison if convicted.