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Prosecutors in Cosby retrial build to conclusion of case

Andrea Constand Testifies Agreeing to $3.38M Settlement With Cosby Because She 'Just Wanted It Over' Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'
Freda Brock | 17 April, 2018, 19:22

"He said, 'I feel like I was a dirty old perverted man.' And just before the end of the conversation he admitted to me that he was a sick man".

The distraught mom immediately called to confront Cosby, now 80, after her daughter, Andrea Constand, told her she'd been drugged and molested by him in January 2004.

"Just because I'm concerned, I don't know how it affected her and I wanna know", Gianna Constand told Cosby in the 2005 call.

Her mother Gianna Constand was also asked to take the stand, and confirmed her daughter's story.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steve T. O'Neill has not yet ruled whether he would allow Jackson to testify.

On Monday, Constand testified she did not "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson.

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

Ms Constand denies attempting to set up the star.

Andrea Constand said under cross-examination Monday that her phone calls to Cosby were about basketball.

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.

The defense lawyer also accused Andrea Constand of trying to climb her way up into Hollywood after college. She says he described their sexual encounter and apologized for his behavior. She said she awoke to find the actor known as "America's Dad" penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis.

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

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.

On Monday, the defence tried to cast Constand as an opportunist who baited Cosby by feigning romantic interest in him. She accused Bliss of bullying her and asking off-topic questions, saying at one point, "Don't talk to me like that".

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.

He asked if she offered to give the money back and wondered, "Didn't you think when Mr. Cosby paid you this large sum of money he was hoping it would all go away?"

In the first week of Cosby's retrial, a topless protester launched herself at him, with the names of the accusers painted across her body.

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

Bill Cosby paid almost $3.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement after the civil case closed in 2006.

Bliss listed several jobs and career opportunities that Gianna Constand was unaware of at NBC and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, that Andrea Constand interviewed for because of her connection to Cosby.

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. The defense attorneys said the woman used to come to Cosby's house late at night and called him twice on Valentine's Day, a month after her alleged assault. The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.

Like last time, though, the defence team hit a brick wall when it asked Constand about a key figure in the case, Marguerite Jackson, who says Constand spoke about fabricating sexual-assault allegations against a celebrity to file suit.

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