De­fense at­tacks ac­cuser’s cred­i­bil­ity

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael R. Sisak

NORRISTOWN » 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 says he drugged and mo­lested her, jurors learned Mon­day as the de­fense sought to un­der­cut her ac­count.

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

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, says Con­stand con­sented to a sex­ual en­counter. His first trial

last year ended with a hung jury.

The de­fense is try­ing to cast Con­stand as an un­re­quited lover who acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately by show­ing in­ter­est in the long-mar­ried Cosby. She has tes­ti­fied that she saw the for­mer TV star as a men­tor and had no ro­man­tic in­ter­est in him.

Phone records show 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 Feb. 14, 2004, the month af­ter the al­leged as­sault.

“You think you called Mr. Cosby to talk about bas­ket­ball?” Me­sereau asked her.

Con­stand tes­ti­fied that

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