Cosby accuser denies framing Cosby or knowing key witness

Andrea Constand plaintiff for the Bill Cosby trial arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the sixth day of his sexual assault retrial

Constand testified that the alleged assault occurred when she went to his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004 to discuss her future and career.

The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that Constand mused about framing a celebrity before she lodged sexual abuse allegations against Cosby in 2005. The veteran comedian's first court case ended in a mistrial in June 2017, but prosecutors vowed to retry him. At the time, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Jackson's testimony would be hearsay. Her accusation is the only one recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

Ms Jackson's testimony was blocked by a judge at last year's initial trial after Ms Constand denied knowing her.

Jackson's availability as a witness for Cosby could be crucial to a defense plan to attack Constand's credibility and get jurors to believe she set Cosby up.

Cosby paid Constand £3.38 million to repay on a civil lawsuit that Constand filed after Pennsylvania prosecutors at 2005 initially declined to charge Cosby to its alleged attack.

Constand also struggled to explain why she had sent emails soliciting funds for a purported Ponzi scheme while at Temple, claiming she didn't know much about the company and had only cut and pasted promises of big returns for a risk-free $65 investment to help a friend.

"Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?"

Constand, a 45-year-old Toronto native, left the witness stand Monday after testifying for seven hours over two days.

Cosby has denied that the accusations, declaring any sexual contact was consensual.

But sparks flew between her mother, Gianna Constand, and Cosby's defense attorney, Kathleen Bliss, Monday afternoon.

Gianna Constand testified that she is very close with her daughter and spoke to Andrea Constand frequently during her 18 months employed by Temple.

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

"I mentioned that I wasn't here for that, and he respectfully stopped and we never talked about it again", Constand said of that incident.

On Monday, the defence tried to cast Constand as an opportunist who baited Cosby by feigning romantic interest in him.

Mesereau also pointed out that Constand made phone calls to Cosby after the alleged assault, including on Valentine's Day.

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. And she said her phone calls to Cosby were about basketball and had nothing to do with romance. Constand said the call came as part of her professional duties with the Temple University women's basketball team.

"The next thing I recall is, um, I was kind of jolted awake, and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch beside me, behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully", Constand testified.

Constand testified she remembers hearing Jackson's name but does not remember having a conversation with her.

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

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.

But Mesereau, who's best known for winning Michael Jackson an acquittal in his 2005 child molestation case, was incredulous as Constand denied being aware that Cosby was sexually attracted to her - even after he touched her thigh on one occasion and tried unbuttoning her trousers on another.

In this case, Cosby's defense attorney Tom Mesereau has argued that Constand was a "con artist" who was obsessed with Cosby's money and fame.

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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