Cosby's main accuser off stand after 7 hours

Andrea Constand plaintiff for the Bill Cosby trial arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the sixth day of his sexual assault retrial

Cosby's main accuser off stand after 7 hours

Bill Cosby's lawyer opened the comedian's sexual assault retrial last week with a blistering attack on accuser Andrea Constand, telling jurors that evidence would show she's nothing more than a con artist who framed the comedian and cashed in with a $3.4 million civil settlement.

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

Now with Constand on the witness stand and facing more defence questions on Monday, Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau is scouring a binder full of her police statements and prior testimony - and he's finding some inconsistencies. Both women worked at Temple University around the time Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at the comedian's suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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.

But sparks flew between her mother, Gianna Constand, and Cosby's defense attorney, Kathleen Bliss, Monday afternoon. "This isn't about money".

She remained outwardly calm during two hours of cross-examination in the sexual assault retrial, fending off queries on topics that the defence brought forward to indicate she had converted a consensual sexual encounter with Cosby into a criminal assault in order to score a big payday.

Gianna Constand 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. Ever since then, prosecutors have advised Cosby's attorneys that Constand had shifted her announcement to admit she's "remembers a Margo".

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

"He explained me, 'Do not worry, Mother, there was no penile penetration, '" Gianna said.

First trial: Agrusa ran through a list of personal-injury lawyers whom Constand called after the alleged assault and referred to her police statement in which she said she had contacted an attorney who "specializes in sexual assault lawsuits".

The Cosby defense team asked several questions, trying to poke holes in Constand's testimony that she was sexually assaulted at the comedian's Montgomery county home back in January of 2004. She maintains she viewed Cosby as a mentor and never had a romantic interest in him.

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But Ms Constand's phone records show she did not make any calls to Mr Cosby's mansion that month.

Gianna Constand said she called Cosby on the phone and recorded their conversation after her daughter told her of the alleged assault.

Constand stated her telephone calls for Cosby ended up about basketball and'd nothing whatsoever.

Constand said that she believed that a responsibility to answer the queries of Cosby because he had been a effective alumnus and trustee.

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. Meanwhile, there was a surprise announcement from presiding Judge Steven O'Neill.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the stand at the retrial but indicated he could revisit the issue after Constand was finished testifying.

Jackson's availability as a witness this time around could support the defense's want.

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. After Constand denied knowing Jackson at the first trial, a judge barred her from testifying for the defence.

He has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault; a conviction on any of the charges could get him 10 years in prison.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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