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

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

At last year's trial, Cosby's lawyers suggested that Constand and the former Cosby Show star were lovers who'd been intimate with each other in the past.

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

Constand on Monday told jurors she doesn't "remember having a dialog".

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".

"He said to me, 'Don't worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration, '" Gianna Constand testified.

In the call, played during court, he did reference mailing the label on the bottle of pills he had given to Andrea Constand before the alleged assault so her mother would know what he gave her.

Andrea Constand, the key witness in Bill Cosby's retrial on indecent assault charges, testified during cross-examination why she agreed to a $3.38 million civil settlement in which Cosby did not admit to wrongdoing.

The defence lawyer then asked, "Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?"

The defense plans to call as a witness a former Temple administrator, Marguerite Jackson, to 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. However, she has since modified her statement, saying she "recalls a Margo".

A judge blocked Jackson from testifying at last year's trial after Constand took the stand and denied knowing her.

Their stories aimed to bolster prosecutors' argument that Cosby's attack on Constand wasn't a singular error but part of a pattern of misbehavior.

Andrea Constand described her relationship with Cosby as a mentorship because Cosby wanted to help her break into the broadcasting industry.

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In this case, Cosby's defense attorney Tom Mesereau has argued that Constand was a "con artist" who was obsessed with Cosby's money and fame.

She acknowledged spending late nights at the comedian's home, drove four hours to see him at a casino and called him twice on Valentine's Day, about a month after she says he drugged and molested her in 2004, jurors learned Monday as the defense sought to undermine her account. 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.

Cosby could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

Cosby arrived at the rain-soaked suburban Philadelphia courthouse on Monday morning wearing a black raincoat and walking under a large, black umbrella held by his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden interrupted with an objection sustained by Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill. He says he's thankful to the doctors who diagnosed the tear and performed the laser procedure on his left eye without disrupting the trial schedule.

In many cases, she said she was only returning his calls, perhaps to alert him to a basketball game, and that her contacts were not evidence of any romance.

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.

This time, defense lawyers are trying to portray Constand as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in him and then leveled a false accusation of sexual assault so she could file a lawsuit.

For example, she told police that on the night of the assault in January 2004 she called Cosby to open the gate.

Constand says she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was an alumnus and trustee.

But sparks flew between her mother, Gianna Constand, and Cosby's defense attorney, Kathleen Bliss, Monday afternoon. Constand said Cosby asked her to "come pick up baked goods.I didn't know I was going to be going into his room".

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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