Constand Testifies For Nearly Two Hours in Cosby Trial

Angelo Anderson
April 17, 2018

She told jurors that Cosby said he "felt like a dirty old perverted man" and, at the end of the call, conceded he was a "sick man".

Gianna Constand testified Monday about a phone call she had with Cosby in 2005, about a year after her daughter says he drugged and molested her.

Constand said prior to the alleged assault, she had considered Cosby a mentor from whom she sought career advice. He says she consented to a sexual encounter.

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. Constand said Cosby asked her to "come pick up baked goods.I didn't know I was going to be going into his room".

Gianna Constand, Constand's mum, took the witness stand and testified year soon after the alleged attack in which she claims she described in detail that which he cried for his behavior and also did for her daughter.

Andrea Constand testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual.

Mesereau is trying to persuade the jury to see Constand as an unrequited lover who acted inappropriately by showing interest in the long-married Cosby.

Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2005 that resulted in a payout of almost $3.4 million.

The court also heard a 2005 audio recording between Gianna Constand and Cosby, in which Cosby offers to pay for Andrea Constand's schooling. "I don't know her". Gianna Constand said she called him because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple University in Philadelphia in March 2004, about two months after the alleged assault, and moving back to her mother's house in her native Canada.

The defence pointed to the phone records as evidence that she had kept in touch with Cosby in the following weeks at a level at odds with her account of having been assaulted.

Earlier this week, the defence team told the jury that Ms Constand had feigned a romantic interest in Cosby, and called him twice on Valentine's Day, around a month after she alleges he assaulted her.

"You have a witness on the stand right now who has changed her testimony, who has been impeached on the witness stand, at least, over six times", said Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

Ms Constand, who was director of operations for the Temple University women's basketball team at the time, said she was calling only on matters of business at the university, where he was a powerful trustee.

But Mesereau, who's best known for winning Michael Jackson an acquittal in his 2005 child molestation case, was incredulous as Constand denied being aware that Cosby was sexually attracted to her - even after he touched her thigh on one occasion and tried unbuttoning her trousers on another.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says he's seeing the courtroom clearly again after having emergency surgery over the weekend to fix a torn retina.

Meanwhile, Judge O'Neill, who also presided over Cosby's first trial, disclosed that the emergency surgery he had over the weekend to fix a torn retina in his left eye was successful.

Jackson was blocked by A judge from testifying at the demo, which ended in a hung jury, after Constand denied knowing her and also chose the stand of previous year.

Andrea Constand leaves the courtroom during a recess on the sixth day of Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, on April 16, 208.

On cross examination the defense asked if Andrea's demeanor was due to her having financial troubles at Temple, and other issues not related to Cosby. Another line of attack centered on her involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

In the first week of Cosby's retrial, a topless protester launched herself at him, with the names of the accusers painted across her body.

Picking up where he left off Friday, Mesereau questioned Constand about inconsistencies in her police statements and prior testimony, and about the nature and extent of her relationship with Cosby.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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