Cosby lawyers press Andrea Constand on her motives in pursuing a $3.4 million settlement


Andrea Constand.

During hours of cross-examination, Constand denied that she fabricated the sexual assault claim against Bill Cosby to make money.

Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the Bill Cosby retrial, faced another round of grueling cross-examination on Monday.

It was her second day on the witness stand. On Friday, she testified that, in 2004, Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. It was the same story she told 10 months ago, in a trial that ended with a deadlocked jury.

Five other women who have accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them also testified last week. But Constand’s allegation is the one for which Cosby is on trial, and the defense went after her hard in two days of cross-examination. His lawyers tried to discredit her story and portray the allegation against Cosby as a premeditated plot to make money off the comedian. (Cosby has maintained his innocence and says the encounter was consensual.)

How the jury receives Constand’s testimony — and how she withstands the defense’s questioning — will likely determine the outcome of this case more than any other evidence. The hours of questioning she withstood about her past, her reliability, and her financial situation sometimes made it seem as if Constand herself, not Cosby, were the one on trial.

Constand’s testimony: “I wanted it to stop”

Constand, a former Temple University employee, met Cosby in 2002 at a basketball game. She considered him a mentor and went to him for career advice. In January 2004 at Cosby’s home, she said, he gave her three blue pills that he told her would help to relieve stress. She took them, and became unfocused and confused. She said she passed out on the couch.

“I felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite …read more

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