Protection attorneys for Invoice Cosby hammered away at his foremost accuser’s account Monday, specializing in her cellphone information that they recommended contradicted her story.
The accuser, Andrea Constand, stated she had known as him as she drove as much as his house on the evening in January 2004 when she says he sexually assaulted her.
“Can you discover one single name for the entire month of January to his Elkins Park quantity?” Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., a lawyer for Mr. Cosby requested Ms. Constand, as she reviewed the information.
“I may need been mistaken,” Ms. Constand replied.
Ms. Constand remained outwardly calm throughout two hours of cross-examination within the sexual assault retrial, warding off queries on quite a lot of matters that the protection introduced ahead to point she had transformed a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Cosby right into a prison assault in an effort to rating an enormous payday.
She later stated, in redirect testimony, that there have been different numbers she was capable of name to achieve Mr. Cosby, whom she has accused of drugging and molesting her at his house close to right here.
The protection, although, continued to level to the cellphone information as proof that Ms. Constand had stored in contact with Mr. Cosby within the following weeks at a degree at odds together with her account of getting been assaulted. They stated Ms. Constand had known as Mr. Cosby greater than 70 occasions within the weeks following the encounter, together with two calls she made to Mr. Cosby on Valentine’s Day that 12 months.
Ms. Constand, who was director of operations for the Temple College ladies’s basketball workforce on the time, stated she was solely calling Mr. Cosby on issues of enterprise on the college, the place he was a strong trustee and its greatest identified alumnus. In lots of instances, she stated that she was solely returning his calls, maybe to alert him to a basketball recreation, and that her contacts weren’t proof of any romance.
“I known as many individuals on Valentine’s Day, sir,” she stated at one level.
“I known as him when he known as me,” she added. “I didn’t have a purpose to name Mr. Cosby.”
Protection attorneys had equally attacked Ms. Constand’s credibility final June when the primary trial on these costs towards Mr. Cosby resulted in a mistrial after jurors turned deadlocked. Mr. Cosby’s new crop of attorneys has been extra aggressive in portraying Ms. Constand this time as a determined “con artist” who schemed to get one over on a wealthy however lonely man as a result of she wanted cash.
The protection, for instance, has accused Ms. Constand of working a pyramid scheme over six months throughout her time at Temple, suggesting she despatched emails to solicit cash as a part of a rip-off. However Ms. Constand testified she had solely despatched one e mail, elevating $65, and had achieved it on behalf of a pal who was extra concerned with the solicitation. She stated she merely minimize and pasted language crafted by another person into the e-mail that she herself had little understanding of.
“I used to be simply serving to a pal,” she stated.
Prosecutors stated it couldn’t have been a pyramid scheme as a result of the solicitation invited individuals to purchase merchandise like software program.
Ms. Constand, 45, sued Mr. Cosby in 2005 after prosecutors initially declined to tackle her case. She later acquired a settlement of $three.38 million. She has stated that Mr. Cosby, now 80, took benefit of his place as her mentor to deliver her to his house the place he gave her three tablets that incapacitated her.
5 different ladies testified final week that they, too, consider Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them. Prosecutors introduced their testimony in an effort to exhibit a signature sample of habits by Mr. Cosby that, they are saying, later ensnared Ms. Constand.
To assist the argument that Ms. Constand’s account is a fabrication, Mr. Cosby’s attorneys have stated they plan to deliver ahead a tutorial adviser at Temple who stated she had roomed together with her throughout college basketball journeys. The adviser, Marguerite Jackson, has stated in courtroom information that Ms. Constand as soon as informed her earlier than the incident with Mr. Cosby that she may fabricate a declare of sexual assault a couple of celeb to get cash.
Ms. Jackson was barred from testifying on the first trial after Ms. Constand informed the courtroom she didn’t know her. However the protection has introduced ahead two individuals who labored at Temple who stated Ms. Constand and Ms. Jackson truly did know each other.
However Ms. Constand denied that once more in testimony on Monday. Ms. Jackson’s title sounded acquainted, she stated, however she stated she had by no means spoken to her and had by no means roomed with anybody on basketball journeys. “I simply keep in mind listening to the title,” she stated.
Requested immediately whether or not she had formulated a plan to border Mr. Cosby, Ms. Constand stated, “No, sir.”
In its questioning, the protection has sought to emphasise discrepancies within the accounts Ms. Constand gave to police in Pennsylvania and in Canada, the place she had moved after leaving Temple. Prosecutors have stated she has been constant for many of her accounts, similar to what occurred through the assault.
On Monday, the protection targeted on a go to Ms. Constand made to a Connecticut on line casino resort, the place Mr. Cosby was showing, in 2003, just some months earlier than she stated the encounter with Mr. Cosby occurred. Through the go to, Ms. Constand dined with Mr. Cosby and one other man in Mr. Cosby’s room and spent a while alone in his room with Mr. Cosby.
“Did you assume it was acceptable to be in a married man’s room in a lodge at the moment of evening?” Mr. Mesereau requested. Ms. Constand stated she had made the journey at Mr. Cosby’s request, and had gone to his room after he invited her again for some baked items.