The defense lawyer for Bill Cosby wrapped up his cross-examination Monday of the woman at the center of the sexual assault case against the veteran entertainer after challenging her credibility and questioning whether she had violated the terms of her $3.38 million civil settlement with Cosby.
What was the accuser's relationship with Cosby?
"I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off", said Andrea Constand, who found herself in the same cavernous courtroom on Friday less than a year after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges against Cosby. Cosby gave her three blue pills that he said would relax her.
Cosby has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual.
Cosby could face 10 years in prison if convicted. However, the judge insisted that they persisted to deliberate Cosby's future.
Picking up where he left off on Friday (Saturday NZT), Mesereau questioned Constand about inconsistencies in her police statements and prior testimony. But in a 2005 deposition that Mesereau showed her, Constand said she had told her mother that she was affectionate toward him. But Constand's phone records show she did not make any calls to Cosby's home that month. Constand is telling jurors she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting him locked up.
Mesereau is trying to persuade the jury to see Constand as an unrequited lover who acted inappropriately by showing interest in the long-married Cosby. Instead, she viewed him as a mentor and friend so she accepted his invitation to go to his home when she was deciding to leave her job at Temple.
The former Temple University women's basketball executive says Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004, when he was a powerful trustee at the school.
"Didn't you think when Mr Cosby paid you this large sum of money he was hoping it would all go away?"
Constand testified that she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was a powerful alumnus and trustee.
Mesereau asked Constand why she went to a married man's hotel room when she went to see him perform in CT months before the alleged assault.
Though he had made two passes at her, she said she was clear to him that she had no romantic interest in him, and she testified that she did not feel threatened by him. She's getting a second chance to confront Cosby in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.
This is the second time that Constand has confronted Cosby in the suburban Philadelphia courtroom. She said she passed out and then she awoke to find Cosby penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis. Constand will be back on the stand Monday.
The defense called Constand a con-artist out for money.
She said she wanted Cosby to stop but couldn't say anything.
Mesereau argued that Constand's answers have varied on such details as the date of the alleged assault, how often she dined out with Cosby, whether she made a point of wearing a cashmere sweater he gave to her. and where she wound up when she visited his room at a CT casino.
District Attorney Kevin Steele noted in his opening address that the charges do not amount to Constand versus Cosby - but rather the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus Cosby. As a physically fit former professional basketball player, she was confident she could handle him.
Lise-Lotte Lublin told jurors she lost consciousness and doesn't remember anything else about that night in 1989 - a time when Cosby was at the height of his fame starring as sweater-wearing father-of-five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on America's top-rated TV show, "The Cosby Show".
Constand also struggled to explain why she had sent emails soliciting funds for the purported Ponzi scheme, claiming she didn't know much about the company and had only cut and pasted promises of big returns to help a friend. She said she was hesitant to get involved when prosecutors reopened the criminal investigation in 2015, saying she feared a flood of media attention and pain for her loved ones but made a decision to cooperate because it was the "right thing to do".
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