Bill Cosby’s accuser Andrea Constand was grilled on the stand by his legal team Monday. The defense is seeking to portray her as a con artist out for an easy pay day.
After hours of testimony over two days, Cosby’s chief legal eagle Tom Mesereau concluded his initial round of questioning, asking her: “Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?”
- “No sir,” Andrea replied. His lawyers have repeatedly brought up the fact the she settled a $3.4 million lawsuit against Cosby in 2006.
- When questioned, Andrea also denied knowing Marguerite Jackson, a former Temple University colleague who the defense is planning to call to the stand.
- She is set to discuss how Andrea told her of her plan to frame a high-profile person with a crime in order to blackmail him. Jackson has claimed that she and Andrea were friends. She was blocked from testifying at the first trial.
- In addition to denying knowing Jackson, Andrea reiterated Monday that Cosby drugged and assaulted her.
- Her mother Gianna Constand also took the stand, claiming that Cosby admitted to sexually assaulting her daughter and apologized. She says he admitted to giving Andrea prescription drug. Gianna claims she became concerned about her daughter about two months after the alleged assault occurred, when she left Temple University and moved back to Canada.
- Cosby is being retried for three counts of sexual assault against Andrea. Cosby, 80, denies all wrongdoing. His first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury. He faces up to ten years behind bars on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault if convicted.