Cosby's accuser denies framing him

18 April, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial

The 80-year-old also testified in the deposition that he didn't think Constand had come forward to collect a big payday. The evidence backed testimony from Constand, who said she likely was returning calls from him about Temple women's basketball.

Jurors got a sense of Cosby's view of consent when the comedian described in the deposition reaching an area "somewhere between permission and rejection" during what he claims was a prior sexual encounter with Constand.

Her mother followed her on the witness stand on Monday and was more feisty, often clashing with prosecutors and bristling when they asked her if she benefited from Andrea Constand's $3.4 million civil settlement with Cosby.

Ryan also displayed incoming and outgoing phone records for Constand this morning, focusing Schaffer on the time period after the alleged assault in January 2004 until March 2004, when Constand approached Cosby about what happened.

The defense plans to call as a witness a former Temple administrator, Marguerite Jackson, to 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.

The jury at Cosby's first trial deadlocked on the charges.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and the other women have done.

Mesereau said Constand told police in 2005 that she called Cosby from her university-issued cellphone just before she arrived at his house on the night of the alleged assault to ensure the gate would be open. She has testified he gave her three small, round blue pills that knocked her out; he says it was Benadryl, an allergy medication that can cause sleepiness.

Cosby's defense team tried to keep these statements out of the retrial.

At one point, Gianna Constand said "Don't talk to me like that" to Bliss during questions about how much she knew about her daughter. The deposition testimony, which was also raised in Cosby's first trial, indicates he's been claiming this alleged relationship for a dozen years.

A police sergeant who investigated Constand's allegation a decade earlier testified Tuesday that the probe was abruptly shut down before police had finished their work.

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She told jurors she wanted to include details about the assault, but wound up telling a highly sanitized version in which there was no sex at all, let alone a rape, because her publisher told her the legal department would never let the allegations against Cosby make it to print. The prosecutor has said the evidence showed both parties "could be held in less than a flattering light".

The unsealing of the deposition, at the request of The Associated Press, led prosecutors to reopen Cosby's criminal case in 2015.

Cosby says the encounter with Constand was consensual.

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

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can read the testimony into the record at Cosby's retrial on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

She says Cosby told her he gave Andrea Constand a prescription drug but didn't give her the name.

Photo taken of Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt (left) leading the comedian into court during his trial last summer at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The testimony was also included at his first trial that ended with a hung jury a year ago.

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

At last year's trial, Cosby's lawyers suggested that Constand and the former "Cosby Show" star were lovers who'd been intimate with each other in the past. His line of questioning implied Constand was only pretending to be a victim and the sexual interaction was, in fact, consensual.

Investigators and a pharmaceutical expert are expected to take the stand on the seventh day of the proceedings.

Andrea Constand, the key witness in Bill Cosby's retrial on indecent assault charges, testified during cross-examination why she agreed to a $3.38 million civil settlement in which Cosby did not admit to wrongdoing.


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