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Accuser's mom: Cosby called himself a 'sick man'
17 April 2018, 04:19 | Elsie Buchanan
Accuser's mom: Cosby called himself a 'sick man'
The mother of Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand took the stand at the start of the second week of the comedian's sexual assault retrial and began talking about the time she confronted him about her daughter many years ago.
Bliss then attempted to show that Gianna Constand did not know everything going on in her daughter's life, and therefore wouldn't know if she was "having an affair" with Cosby.
Picking up where he left off Friday, Mesereau questioned Constand about inconsistencies in her police statements and prior testimony.
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.
On Monday, the defence lawyer suggested Ms Constand broke her 2006 confidential settlement agreement with Mr Cosby by agreeing to co-operate with law enforcement in the reopened criminal case.
"I might have been mistaken", Ms Constand replied. "This isn't about money".
She told jurors last week that Cosby knocked her out with pills and then sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 80, says Constand consented to a sexual encounter.
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After asking a question about her thoughts on Constand's job status and financial situation while at Temple, Gianna Constand said, "I'm here to discuss the incident that happened". She claimed she needed to understand precisely what Cosby had contributed Andrea, prompting him to confess it absolutely was a perscription drug that he neglected to call and perhaps not the allergy medicine Benadryl advertising he maintained.
"He said to me, 'Don't worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration,"' Gianna Constand testified. But Constand's mobile phone data reveal that month, she'd not create any forecasts on the mansion of Cosby. Her testimony prompted Cosby, sitting with his lawyers at the defense table, to open his eyes wide.
Bill Cosby's chief accuser underwent further grilling Monday by defense lawyers looking to portray her as a vengeful unrequited lover to raise doubts about her credibility and motives on Day 6 of the comedian's sexual-assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia. She has stated the former television star was seen by her as a mentor and had no interest.
Constand stated her telephone calls for Cosby ended up about basketball and'd nothing whatsoever.
"Can you find one single call for the whole month of January to his Elkins Park number?"
Constand said that she believed that a responsibility to answer the queries of Cosby because he had been a effective alumnus and trustee.
The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will 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.
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Jackson, who claims she and Constand were friends and had shared hotel rooms several times, was blocked from testifying at the first trial after Constand denied knowing her.
Gianna Constand said she called Cosby on the phone and recorded their conversation after her daughter told her of the alleged assault.
As she did during the first Cosby trial last year, Gianna Constand told prosecutors how in early 2005, about a year after the alleged sexual assault, she called Cosby seeking answers, speaking to him for almost two and a half hours.
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steve T. O'Neill has not yet ruled whether he would allow Jackson to testify.
Andrea Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, took the stand Monday at Cosby's sexual-assault retrial to testify for the prosecution that Cosby described to her a sexual encounter with her daughter and apologized for his behavior.
Cosby attorney Tom Mesereau, who's predicted Constand that a "con artist" who framed Cosby after which collected a3.4 million settlement, then requested her about Jackson throughout crossexamination on Monday.
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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