Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Did 'star witness' sway jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial?

Cosby lawyers want testimony of Constand’s friend read at retrial Modal Trigger Bill Cosby AP
Hannah Rogers | 20 April, 2018, 00:41

The defense hoped Jackson's testimony would bolster Cosby's efforts to show Constand fabricated the allegations against him to extort a big civil settlement.

Marguerite Jackson, who was an academic adviser at Temple University in Philadelphia when Andrea Constand - Cosby's main accuser - worked there testified that Constand told her she could fabricate sexual assault allegations and then "get that money" from a civil lawsuit.

As the 80-year-old comedian arrived Wednesday morning, spokesman Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters and blasted the testimony from a police sergeant and detective at Tuesday's trial.

A drug expert will testify on Thursday concerning three blue pills Cosby gave Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.

Cosby paid Constand almost $3.4 million in 2006 to settle a civil lawsuit, and his lawyers call her a "con artist" who set him up.

Constand has said she considered Cosby a mentor and he gained her trust, drugged and assaulted her in 2004.

Jackson walked into the courtroom with a story to tell and she says it all started in February of 2004 when she and Constand were roommates at a Rhode Island hotel while working for the Temple women's basketball team. At one point, Schaffer told Mesereau point-blank, "That is not a correct characterization" and even took the rap himself for one discrepancy in the report, testifying, "There are some mistakes there, but that is the police statement that's being said".

She said he never did. "Who and when?" She said she asked Constand whether she had reported the alleged assault.

"That's not a symptom of Benadryl, is it?" she said.

"We are petting. I enjoyed it", the TV star said, according to the transcript.

Constand said Cosby called the pills "your friends" and told her they would "help take the edge off".

Kipps short testimony lasted about 30 minutes, as he detailed several dinners he had with Constand to discuss her interest in sports broadcasting.

The defense argued as court opened Thursday that prosecutors were out of line for implying the defense was wrong to help Jackson write a statement outlining her claims about Constand. "I would get that money". I could quit my job and go back to school.

Constand testified on Monday that she barely knew Jackson and never roomed with her, but rather had her own hotel room during away games. Constand was once director of operations for the team.

Jurors heard from a police interview in which Cosby acknowledged fondling his chief accuser's breasts and genitals after giving her pills. Assistant D.A. Stewart Ryan seemed to be suggesting that her story "evolved" to meet the needs of the defense. Cosby subsequently put his defense team in touch with Jackson, though, interestingly, she was not permitted to testify in the first trial after Constand said she did not know her.

"Has anyone asked you to say certain things", Bliss asked.

"Correct", a sullen Jackson replied. Wyatt said Cosby's defence thinks the case should be dismissed. "We kind of created it together".

Ryan highlighted differences between the January 22 affidavit and one that Jackson wrote on her own past year, getting Jackson to concede that Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss had her add quotes and make other changes to the second document.

The judge changed his mind about Jackson for the retrial, giving the defense case a boost.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby has denied all accusations against him.

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