Prosecutors Say Cosby Paid $3.4 Million Civil Settlement To Accuser
- Author: Steve Townsend Apr 15, 2018,
Apr 15, 2018, 0:23
During almost three hours of cross-examination, which will continue on Monday, defense attorney Tom Mesereau established a total of nine face-to-face visits between Cosby and Constand before and after the alleged attack and asked whether Constand had ever seen Cosby's wife during those meetings.
The defense is also likely to challenge Constand's phone records, which show calls to Cosby after the alleged assault. The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that Constand mused about framing a celebrity before she lodged sexual abuse allegations against Cosby in 2005. The first trial a year ago ended in a deadlocked jury. "I never said that".
Cosby's defense team won a key ruling before the trial began Monday, and Mesereau made generous use of it in his opening remarks. During the first trial, Cosby's lawyers had suggested that Constand and Cosby had a romantic or flirtatious relationship.
Constand testified she made a decision to report the assault to police in January 2005, about a year later, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training. He settled the case for $3.4 million.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand, Lasha and Thomas have done.
In the new trial, a fresh jury of seven men and five women has been convened. And while Jackson was not permitted to testify in the first trial after Constand said she did not know her personally, she will be testifying for the defense in hopes of undermining the prosecution's entire case.
In Mesereau's telling, Cosby - who sat expressionless a few steps behind his attorney - appears as a victim.
Cosby's attorneys are expected to cross-examine Constand, including about the almost $3.4 million settlement she received.
The women's charged rhetoric prompted several mistrial requests from Cosby's lawyers - which were denied - as prosecutors built their case that Cosby was one of Hollywood's biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.
She said she told her mother, "Mr. Cosby sexually violated me". She was stressed about the resignation, she said, and Cosby told her to take three small, round, blue pills "to relax".
"She's unconscious. She's out of it, " Steele said.
She says she was still incapacitated and "was not able to do anything" about the assault.
Lise-Lotte Lublin told jurors she lost consciousness and doesn't remember anything else about that night in 1989 - a time when Cosby was at the height of his fame starring as sweater-wearing father of five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on America's top-rated TV show, The Cosby Show.
Constand testified Friday that she remembers having a hotel room to herself at Temple's away basketball games and did not recall ever rooming with Jackson. It's the second time within the year that Constand, one of nearly 60 women accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct, has been able to confront the 80-year-old comedian since the first trial ended in a hung jury last June.
The defense has blasted Constand as a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against the star as part of a scheme to get money from him.
Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball administrator, alleges Cosby gave her pills and then molested her.
She jumped over a crowd barrier outside the courthouse and yelled "Women's lives matter" before being wrestled to the ground by courthouse deputies about 10 yards in front of Cosby as he walked toward the building's front doors.
Constand's allegation is the only one among dozens against Cosby that has led to criminal charges.
The testimony of the adviser, Marguerite Jackson, 56, was barred during the first trial when Constand testified that she did not know Jackson.
"That is not correct", the 45-year-old balked, her mouth agape. He says their encounter was consensual.
A spokesman for Cosby told reporters Friday that they're confident he'll be found not guilty. Five of those women may be called as witnesses by the prosecution in their efforts to persuade jurors that Cosby is a serial sexual criminal.