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Bill Cosby's Accuser Denies That She Was Framing Him in Retrial

Bill Cosby's Accuser Denies That She Was Framing Him in Retrial
From TIME - April 16, 2018

(NORRISTOWN, Pa.)Bill Cosbys chief accuser at his sexual-assault trial on Monday denied framing him and said she doesnt know a key witness who plans to testify she spoke of leveling false accusations against a celebrity.

Andrea Constand told jurors she doesnt recall ever having a conversation with Marguerite Jackson. Both women worked at Temple University around the time Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at the comedians suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The defense 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. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

A judge blocked Jackson from testifying at last years trial, which ended in a hung jury, after Constand took the stand and denied knowing her. At the time, Judge Steven ONeill ruled Jacksons testimony would be hearsay. Since then, prosecutors have told Cosbys lawyers that Constand had modified her statement to acknowledge she recalls a Margo.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the stand at the retrial but indicated he could revisit the issue after Constand was finished testifying.

Jacksons availability as a witness for Cosby could be crucial to a defense plan to attack Constands credibility and get jurors to believe she set Cosby up.

Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau, who has called Constand a con artist who framed Cosby and then collected a $3.4 million settlement, asked her about Jackson during cross-examination on Monday. She again denied knowing her.

The defense lawyer then asked, Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?

No, sir, Constand replied.

Constand, 45, left the witness stand Monday after testifying for seven hours over two days.

She told jurors last week that Cosby knocked her out with pills and then sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 80, says Constand consented to a sexual encounter.

Constands mother followed her on the witness stand and bolstered her account, testifying about a phone conversation she said she had with the comedian about a year after the alleged assault in which he described in graphic detail their sexual account and then apologized.

Gianna Constand told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadnt been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.

She said she was very combative with Cosby, demanding he tell her the medication hed given her daughter and what hed done to her.

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