AC­CUSER DE­NIES FRAM­ING COSBY WITH SEX CLAIM

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

NORRISTOWN, PA. Bill Cosby’s chief ac­cuser at his sex-as­sault trial Mon­day de­nied fram­ing him and said she doesn’t know a key wit­ness who plans to tes­tify she spoke of lev­el­ling false ac­cu­sa­tions against a celebrity.

An­drea Con­stand told jurors she doesn’t “re­call ever hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with” Mar­guerite Jack­son. Both women worked at Tem­ple Univer­sity around the time Con­stand says Cosby drugged and mo­lested her at the co­me­dian’s home in 2004.

The de­fence plans to call Jack­son as a wit­ness and says she will tes­tify that be­fore Con­stand lodged her al­le­ga­tions in 2005, Con­stand had mused to her about set­ting up a “high-pro­file per­son” and fil­ing suit. Jack­son has said that she and Con­stand worked closely to­gether, had been friends and had shared ho­tel rooms sev­eral times.

A judge blocked Jack­son from tes­ti­fy­ing at last year’s trial, which ended in a hung jury, af­ter Con­stand took the stand and de­nied know­ing her. Since then, pros­e­cu­tors have told Cosby’s lawyers that Con­stand had mod­i­fied her state­ment to ac­knowl­edge she “re­calls a Margo.”

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