Bill Cosby's defense says 'so-called victim' was after comedian's money

Cosby lawyer calls accuser a ‘con artist’ driven by money

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Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of alleged sexual assault.

Cosby's first trial ended in June when a jury deadlocked on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

Outside court, Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson called the testimony from prior accusers a "prosecution by distraction". "He was a married man". The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Dickinson have done.

Six feet tall, wiry and with a mane of curly hair, Constand spoke stiffly at first but warmed considerably when asked about her interests, in the fields of natural medicine and homeopathy.

It's expected that during Constand's cross-examination that the defense will set her up to discuss one of their key witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a former co-worker of Constand's at Temple University. The star of The Cosby Show, formerly known as "America's Dad", has an entirely new defense team.

"Since this American citizen didn't adhere to Ms. Allred's ransom notice, she paraded in a stable of women to destroy his legacy, his career and reputation", Wyatt said.

Then she said "I started to feel woozy and dizzy". I wanted to approach him, but I didn't want to touch him at all'. Then in 2005, she said, she told her mother in Canada and they called the police.

She added that being naked was her way of 'redefining [women's bodies] as a political tool as opposed to a sexual object'. And he nodded yes with his head, and he said, 'Put them down. Later she recalled waking up in bed with Cosby, both of them naked. Constand is telling jurors she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting him locked up. The #MeToo movement caught fire four months after the first trial, raising awareness of sexual misconduct as it toppled Harvey Weinstein, Sen.

She passed out and awoke to find the TV star spooning her on a couch, one hand groping her breasts and his other "forcibly penetrating" her vagina, Constand told jurors. They made a decision to call the police.

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women", she said afterward. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden asked her.

Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau then cross-examined Constand with questions meant to discredit her testimony.

The details of that settlement - which were confidential until this week - are central to Cosby's lawyers' strategy of portraying Constand, whose claims the actor and comedian drugged and sexually assaulted led to his criminal charges, as a greedy liar who simply wanted his money.

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Constand stiffed roommates on utility bills, racked up big credit card bills and operated a Ponzi scheme while running women's basketball operations at Temple, where Cosby was an alumnus and trustee, Mesereau said. The retrial is taking place in a potentially more hostile environment for Cosby.

Laura Benshoff from member station WHYY is at the courthouse outside Philadelphia, and she joins us now.

Cosby, the attorney said, "made the awful mistake of confiding in this person what was going on in his life". "And driving home I remember thinking, 'What just happened?". "He said, 'I thought you had an orgasm.' I said I did not". This is going to be a description of an alleged sexual assault.

Cosby's defense arguments were part of an aggressive attack on Constand's credibility and came a day after prosecutors said the former Temple University employee was drugged and assaulted by Cosby at his home in January 2004.

Thomas was a 24-year-old aspiring actress when her agent arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips.

As she was heading out the door, she said Cosby appeared in a doorway in slippers and a robe. "Gave me three blue pills and sexually violated me without my consent". "They'll help you relax". She saw two of Cosby.

She passed out on a sofa.

She said she couldn't speak and couldn't get her limbs to move.

And throughout this graphic testimony she never really lost her composure, though at times she did kind of go very still.

It made no mention of the alleged assault, Thomas said, because she had planned to give it to her mom. The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. What did the jury hear from them?

The judge ruled that Cosby's lawyers can bring it up.

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