Cosby lawyer to sex assault accuser: Did you fabricate a scheme?

Bill Cosby Retrial: Cop Takes The Stand; Prosecution Nearly Done With Its Case

Chief accuser Andrea Constand will be back on the stand Monday as Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau scours a binder full of her police statements and prior testimony for inconsistencies.

Constand denied telling a defense witness almost 13 years ago she was hatching a plot to extort money from a celebrity, but Constand went even further than that, denying that she even knew Marguerite Jackson.

Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball administrator, remained calm and composed throughout her testimony, which lasted more than seven hours over two days. Meanwhile, there was a surprise announcement from presiding Judge Steven O'Neill.

She said she was "very combative" with Cosby, demanding he tell her the medication he'd given her daughter and what he'd done to her.

Cosby, 80, is in the midst of his second trial on charges that he drugged and raped Andrea Constand, a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Andrea Constand's mother Gianna took the witness stand next. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the rack but indicated after Constand was completed invisibly he could revisit the issue.

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.

Bill Cosby faces aggravated indecent assault charges
Bill Cosby faces aggravated indecent assault charges

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

On Monday, Constand again denied knowing Jackson.

4 5, Constand, testified last week which Cosby sexually assaulted and knocked out her with pills.

The payout settled a civil lawsuit that Constand filed after Pennsylvania prosecutors in 2005 initially declined to charge Cosby for the alleged assault.

She said Cosby told her he'd given Andrea Constand a prescription drug - not the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl as he has claimed - but didn't provide the name of it.

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

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

She has testified that she saw Cosby as a mentor and had no romantic interest in him. After Constand denied knowing Jackson at the first trial, a judge barred her from testifying for the defence.

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Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged sex attack, and faces up to 10 years behind bars on each count.

The defence is trying to cast Ms Constand as an unrequited lover who acted inappropriately by showing interest in the long-married Mr Cosby.

Constand is one of about 50 women who have accused Cosby of assaults dating back decades.

"Can you find one single call for the whole month of January to his Elkins Park 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.

Casting further doubt about the allegations, " Mesereau said Constand told authorities she called Cosby out of her phone that was university-issued just before she came to the night time of this attack to guarantee the gate would be available in his house.

Phone data reveal Constand, the former director of women's basketball operations in Temple University, manufactured brief forecasts for Cosby across the right time of a Temple residence video game on February 14, 2004, the thirty day period immediately after the alleged attack.

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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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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