Cosby ac­cuser, her mom tes­tify at as­sault re­trial

The Republican Herald - - NATION / WORLD -

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s chief ac­cuser at his sex­ual-as­sault trial on Mon­day de­nied fram­ing him and said she doesn’t know a key wit­ness who plans to tes­tify she spoke of lev­el­ing 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 sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home in 2004.

The de­fense plans to call Jack­son as a wit­ness and says she will tes­tify that be­fore Con­stand lodged her al­le­ga­tions against Cosby in 2005, Con­stand had mused to her about set­ting up a “high-pro­file per­son” and fil­ing a 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. At the time, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Jack­son’s tes­ti­mony would be hearsay.

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