Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'

Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'

Any appearance of fairness and impartiality that Judge Steven O'Neill may have exhibited is out the window, according to those siding with comedian Bill Cosby in his retrial.

SHAPIRO: On Friday, Andrea Constand gave a graphic description of what she says happened between her and Cosby.

In the deposition, Cosby graphically described this alleged sexual encounter.

Cosby's first trial ended without a verdict. He also questioned her about her various phone calls to Cosby in the days after she was assaulted and laid special stress on the fact she called Cosby twice on Valentine's Day.

Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million to settle a civil lawsuit that Constand filed after Pennsylvania prosecutors in 2005 initially declined to charge Cosby for the alleged assault.

During cross examination Friday, the trial lawyer had Constand flustered with questions about whether she'd ever said she was affectionate toward Cosby.

Ms Andrea Constand said she had called him as she drove to his home in January 2004 when she claimed he sexually assaulted her.

Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.

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In the interview, Cosby told police investigators he had a social and romantic relationship with Constand.

She said when she went to his home in suburban Philadelphia in early 2004, he offered her three blue pills to help her relax. "It just became work, which is why I was happy when she found the masseuse thing and went back to Canada".

Prosecutors used another of Cosby's statements, one he gave to police in 2005, to show how he described the encounter for which he is facing aggravated indecent assault charges that could send him to prison for years. His line of questioning implied Constand was only pretending to be a victim and the sexual interaction was, in fact, consensual.

At the end of Monday, Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt, told reporters that the defense hopes that the jury can "be fair and impartial".

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O'Neill ruled prosecutors can read the testimony into the record at the retrial on charges Cosby drugged and molested Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

In the testimony, Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained a prescription for the now-illegal drug in the 1970s and gave it to women he wanted to have sex with.

The quaaludes testimony was introduced at Cosby's first trial. It also means that jurors will hear the same admissions as in the original trial ― but this time, paired with testimony from five other accusers.

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Constand's mother also took the stand. The entertainer said Constand did not object to being touched, and his lawyers say there is no evidence that he gave Constand quaaludes instead of over-the-counter medicine. District Attorney Kevin Steele said they could rest their case against Cosby as early as today but might have to wait until tomorrow for publisher Judith Regan to be available as a witness.

On Monday (Tuesday NZT), Constand rejected defence allegations that she concocted her story to score a big payday, and her mother testified that Cosby apologised in a phone call and called himself a "sick man".

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.

Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against comedian Bill Cosby in his sexual assault retrial.

"I think the prosecution is presenting a strong case but it's not over yet so we don't know", Allred said.

Mr. Cosby's attorney surfaced before he can respond whether he'd ever given any women the drugs with no own knowledge.

Another accuser, taking the witness stand after Dickinson, said Cosby prodded her to drink two shots in his Las Vegas hotel suite, then had her sit between his knees and started petting her head.

As the Cosby team arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday, spokeswoman Ebonee Benson noted that the testimony provided by Constand and her mother "seemed to be more colorful and more embellished" than in last year's trial, which ended in a hung jury.

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