A Canadian basketball star who’s the chief accuser in Invoice Cosby’s retrial has denied she is framing the comic for sexual assault.
Andrea Constand claims she was drugged and molested by the TV star at his Philadelphia residence in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual.
Ms Constand informed the courtroom that she doesn’t know Marguerite Jackson – a lady who the defence plan to name as a witness as a part of their try and discredit her.
Ms Jackson, who labored at Temple College at across the identical time as Ms Constand, will testify that forward of Ms Constand’s allegations towards Cosby in 2005, the accuser had mused to her about organising a “high-profile individual” and submitting a swimsuit.
Whereas Ms Jackson says she labored intently with Ms Constand and regarded her a buddy, Ms Constand says she doesn’t “recall ever having a dialog with” her.
Ms Jackson’s testimony was blocked by a choose ultimately 12 months’s preliminary trial after Ms Constand denied figuring out her. Nevertheless, she has since modified her assertion, saying she “remembers a Margo.”
The primary felony trial ended with the jury unable to achieve a verdict.
Ms Jackson’s testimony will play a key half within the defence crew’s plan to current Ms Constand as a “con artist” who framed Cosby, 80, for materials achieve.
Ms Constand denies making an attempt to arrange the star.
Invoice Cosby paid almost $three.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement after the civil case closed in 2006.
Earlier this week, the defence crew informed the jury that Ms Constand had feigned a romantic curiosity in Cosby, and known as him twice on Valentine’s Day, round a month after she alleges he assaulted her.
5 different ladies who additionally allege that Cosby drugged and assaulted them have been known as to the stand by the prosecution.
Ms Constand is one in all about 50 ladies to have accused Cosby of assault courting again so far as 1965; nevertheless, her case is the one one latest sufficient to fulfill statute of limitations.
Within the first week of Cosby’s retrial, a topless protester launched herself at him, with the names of the accusers painted throughout her physique.
The girl, Nicolle Rochelle, turned out to be a former little one actor on The Cosby Present.
Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, every punishable by 10 years in jail.
His lawyer, Tom Mesereau, received an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s 2005 little one molestation case.