Cosby ac­cuser ‘vis­ited and called co­me­dian’s home’

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

BILL COSBY’S chief ac­cuser spent late nights at the co­me­dian’s home, drove four hours to see him at a casino and called him twice on Valen­tine’s Day, about a month af­ter she claims he drugged and sex­u­ally as­saulted her, ju­rors have learned.

An­drea Con­stand took the wit­ness stand for a sec­ond day and said un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion that her phone calls to Cosby were about bas­ket­ball and had noth­ing to do with ro­mance.

Ms Con­stand, 45, tes­ti­fied last week that Cosby knocked her out with pills and then sex­u­ally as­saulted her at his sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home in 2004. Cosby, 80, said Ms Con­stand con­sented to a sex­ual en­counter. His first trial last year ended with a hung jury.

The de­fence is try­ing to cast Ms Con­stand as an un­re­quited lover who acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately by show­ing in­ter­est in the long-mar­ried Cosby. She has tes­ti­fied she had no ro­man­tic in­ter­est in him.

Phone records show Ms Con­stand, the for­mer di­rec­tor of women’s bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions at Tem­ple Univer­sity, made brief calls to Cosby around the time of a Tem­ple home game on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2004, the month af­ter the al­leged as­sault. “You think you called Mr Cosby to talk about bas­ket­ball?” Cosby’s de­fence asked her. Ms Con­stand, who has granted per­mis­sion to be iden­ti­fied in the case, tes­ti­fied that she felt a duty to an­swer Cosby’s in­quiries since he was a pow­er­ful alum­nus.

Pick­ing up where he left off on Fri­day, Thomas Me­sereau, for Cosby, ques­tioned Ms Con­stand about in­con­sis­ten­cies in her po­lice state­ments and prior tes­ti­mony.

Mr Me­sereau said Ms Con­stand told po­lice in 2005 that she called Cosby from her uni­ver­si­tyis­sued mo­bile phone just be­fore she ar­rived at his house on the night of the al­leged as­sault to en­sure the gate would be open.

But Ms Con­stand’s phone records show she did not make any calls to Cosby’s man­sion that month. Ms Con­stand ex­plained that she may have been mis­taken, that there were times Cosby told her in ad­vance that the gate would be open and that she of­ten reached him at an­other num­ber.

De­nies al­le­ga­tions that he drugged and sex­u­ally as­saulted An­drea Con­stand.

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