Day 3 of Cosby Trial

Lawrence Kim
June 12, 2017

Grilling Bill Cosby's sexual-assault accuser in her second day on the stand, defense counsel worked Wednesday to undermine Andrea Constand's credibility.

Defense lawyer Angela Agrusa homed in on successive statements that Constand gave to law enforcement in January and February 2005 - a year after the alleged assaut - as the 79-year-old disgraced megastar sat in court looking away from his accuser.

Cosby, who turns 80 in July, showed no emotion as Gianna Constand testified.

On Tuesday, a television weatherman purportedly filed a lawsuit against Allred, alleging that she botched an age discrimination case he hired her to pursue. "I am here, because true family supports even when things aren't going so good". She told the court she never felt "threatened" by Cosby's suggestive behavior, warning him, "I'm not here for that".

"These three friends will help you relax", Feden quoted Cosby as saying to Andrea Constand. Cosby's sexual assault trial for allegedly drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, began Monday.

For the past two days, lawyers have questioned Constand about her allegations against Cosby.

"He said to me, 'I apologize to Andrea and I apologize to you, mom'". She stopped calling after she left her job at Temple in March 2004, she said.

Constand says she'd always return Cosby's calls to her Temple University-issued cellphone because he was a powerful trustee there and she was director of women's basketball operations.

Gianna Constand told the jury that she had a two-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter had finally told her that she had been sexually assaulted.

While problematic, McMonagle's opening statements show that Cosby's case is an opportunity to challenge the myths and narratives about sexual assault that are used to protect perpetrators.

"He said, 'I apologise to Andrea and I apologise to you'".

"I recalled as best I could", Constand said. At the same time, Constand said, she was bringing Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance.

Defense attorneys were quick to assert that the elder Constand had misconstrued the conversation, which contained graphic details, and said Cosby had asked the younger Constand to "tell the truth" about the encounter.

In a more than three-hour-long cross examination on Wednesday, Cosby's legal team attempted to cast doubt on Ms Constand's version of events. "Yet, she told police initially that she had not tried to contact him". They could also raise questions about why she would continue to spend time alone with the comedian.

Agrusa also questioned why Constand allowed herself to be alone with Cosby after the comedian had made advances on two occasions - touching her thigh one time and trying to open her trousers another time.

Constand's mother followed her on the stand and bolstered her daughter's account, keeping the courtroom audience spellbound with her testimony and her verbal jousting with defense lawyers.

Jumping from the night in CT to the night of the alleged assault, Agrusa had Constand admit that she told Cosby she was "stressed" and "not sleeping".

Speaking outside the court she said: "It was off and it rang. She viewed him like a father", she said. Her inconsistencies have come back to haunt her as she tries to convince a jury that she is a sex-crime victim rather than a woman who willingly had romantic relations with Cosby, whom she had thought of as a mentor. "It's nothing. She said the calls were work-related".

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