Bill Cosby’s accuser denies framing him, knowing key witness


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser on Monday rejected a defense allegation that she manufactured her account of sexual molestation and was backed up by her mother, who said the comedian apologized and called himself a “sick man.”

Andrea Constand withstood a defense cross-examination that sought to expose her as a con artist who set Cosby up, leaving the witness stand at his retrial without having budged off her allegation that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

“Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?” Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau asked her on Monday.

“No, sir,” Constand replied.

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.

Her mother followed her on the witness stand on Monday and was more feisty, often clashing with prosecutors and bristling when they asked her if she benefited from Andrea Constand’s $3.4 million civil settlement with Cosby.

“She didn’t buy ME a house,” Gianna Constand snapped. “This isn’t about money.”

The mother testified about a phone conversation she said she had with Cosby about a year after the alleged assault on her daughter in which he described in graphic detail their sexual encounter and then apologized.

She told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn’t been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.

Gianna Constand 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.

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. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

      

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