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Witness testifies Constand lied about sexual assault with Cosby for money

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial Wednesday Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial Wednesday
Hannah Rogers | 20 April, 2018, 04:03

The person who defence lawyers hope can single-handedly sink the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby took the stand for the first time Wednesday.

Jackson claimed that she had once taken a Temple University road trip with the accuser and that Constand had said that the Cosby rape "didn't happen". In Cosby's deposition, he said the contact with Constand was consensual.

Q: You gave them to other people?

Cosby was deposed in 2005 and 2006 after Constand sued him. Constand's charge is the only one recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

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

In a transcript read to the jury Wednesday, the "Cosby Show" star said he obtained seven prescriptions for quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s, ostensibly for a sore back, but added he didn't use them himself because they made him exhausted.

The sedative was banned in the U.S.in 1982, the same year one of the women who testified, Janice Baker-Kinney, alleges Cosby knocked her out with pills she suspected to be quaaludes and then raped her.

In the testimony, Cosby admitted to giving women quaaludes before sex, an admission that several women accused him of. Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss underscored that most of that testimony pertained to the 1970s, and a police detective acknowledged during cross-examination that authorities didn't find quaaludes in a search of Cosby's home after Constand went to police.

Jackson recalled that she and Constand were sharing a room at a Rhode Island hotel on February 1, 2004, when a TV news report came on about a "high-profile celebrity essentially assaulting women".

Jackson testified while watching television in a hotel room a story aired about high profile celebrities sexually assaulting women. He said Constand never told him to stop. When?' " Jackson told jurors. I could get money. I could quit my job. "I could open up a business".

As the legal wrangling continued, Thursday's testimony focused on the unidentified drug that Cosby gave Constand on the night she says he molested her.

Testifying on the claim for the first time, Jackson spoke in an assured tone, her head often cocked to the side. Assistant D.A. Stewart Ryan seemed to be suggesting that her story "evolved" to meet the needs of the defense.

After Jackson asked her if it was true a third time, Constand said it was not but she could say it was. They got to talking about Cosby after the comedian offered to buy her a drink and promised, "I won't put anything in it", she recalled.

"[Constand] said in did not happen", Jackson said today at the Montgomery County Courthouse. "They called me to testify, then they didn't allow my testimony".

Jackson was not allowed to testify at Cosby's first trial past year. It ended in a mistrial in June. The case is being presided over by Judge Steven O'Neill.

Outside court, Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson said investigators intentionally ignored Jackson's allegations because they've "always known how damaging this testimony would be".

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

Timothy Rohrig, a forensic toxicologist from Wichita, Kansas called as a prosecution witness, testified about the effects of Benadryl and Quaaludes, which Cosby, now 80, in a 2005 deposition said he used to seduce women.

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