Cosby accuser denies framing Cosby or knowing key witness

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial

In a cringe-worthy moment earlier Monday, the cellphone of lead defense counsel Tom Mesereau went off as he grilled Constand, drawing a menacing look from the judge.

Mesereau hasn't set off many of fireworks yet, but in more than two hours of cross examination on Friday the veteran trial lawyer had Constand flustered with questions about whether she'd ever said she was affectionate toward Cosby, and a line of attack centred on her involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

The women said their memory of the alleged assaults are hazy, but recall Cosby assaulting them in some way after taking the pills or accepting drinks.

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.

Marguerite Jackson will take the stand to allege that Andrea Constand, who's currently accusing Cosby of all sexual-assault, forced the asserts for her briefly before her claims which the now 80-year-old comic drugged and molested her in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.

Constand testified she remembers hearing Jackson's name but does not remember having a conversation with her. Her testimony prompted Cosby, sitting with his lawyers at the defense table, to open his eyes wide.

"I don't know what that means", Constand replied. At that time, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Jackson's testimony are hearsay.

Constand also struggled to explain why she had sent emails soliciting funds for a purported Ponzi scheme while at Temple, claiming she didn't know much about the company and had only cut and pasted promises of big returns for a risk-free $65 investment to help a friend.

What was the accuser's relationship with Cosby?

The defence said she spent 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 the alleged assault.

Casting further doubt about the allegations, " Mesereau said Constand told authorities she called Cosby out of her phone that was university-issued just before she came to the night time of this attack to guarantee the gate would be available in his house.

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.


If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

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. 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.

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.

Mesereau, in his cross-examination of Constand, asked her about inconsistencies in her statements to police about the alleged assault.

Bliss then attempted to show that Gianna Constand did not know everything going on in her daughter's life, and therefore wouldn't know if she was "having an affair" with Cosby.

Constand said she often reached him and also she may have already been mistaken that there were occasions Cosby shared with her advance which the gate would be available.

During cross-examination Monday, Cosby's lawyers tried to show her as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in Cosby so she could later make a false accusation against him and file a lawsuit.

At the time, she was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, the entertainer's alma mater.

He asked if she offered to give the money back and wondered, "Didn't you think when Mr. Cosby paid you this large sum of money he was hoping it would all go away?"

The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will 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.

Second trial: Mesereau didn't ask about the dinner.

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