Witness testifies Constand lied about sexual assault with Cosby for money

Carla Harmon
April 19, 2018

He said Wednesday he cooked for Cosby's chief accuser at the comedian's suburban Philadelphia mansion and never saw any intimate contact between them.

The sedative was banned in the U.S.in 1982, the year a woman who testified against Cosby, Janice Baker-Kinney, alleges he knocked her out with pills she suspected to be quaaludes and then raped her.

Cosby was represented by Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O'Connor in the suit, which resulted in a almost $3.4 million payout for Constand, who has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in his Montgomery County home in January 2004. The former university trustee is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple emplyee Andrea Constand in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The defense case was scheduled to resume Thursday. The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

On the witness stand, however, Dickinson testified that the real story was far different: She said Cosby gave her a pill that he said would help with her menstrual cramps, then raped her while she was incapacitated by the effects of whatever he gave her. "When?'" the 31-year Temple University employee said she asked Constand, who then was Director of Operations of women's basketball for the college. Reape made clear what he thinks of Cosby: "I have strong beliefs that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand". She said he added, "I won't put anything in it". Last week, Constand testified to never rooming with anyone else on road trips and barely knowing Jackson.

Constand testified Monday that she did not "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson and denied a defense claim that she falsely accused Cosby as part of a get-rich scheme.

Cosby's lawyers argued the testimony is irrelevant to his retrial because there is no evidence he gave Constand the drug.

Constand sued Cosby in 2005 after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges.

Cosby's lawyers sought Wednesday to minimize the importance of his quaaludes testimony. Constand has said she does not remember sharing a hotel room with Jackson.

Judith Regan told jurors at Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Wednesday that Dickinson was upset the company's legal department wouldn't let them print such an explosive story without a corroborating witness.

Regan, speaking in a husky voice from the witness stand, said that she was advised by lawyers for her company, Regan Books, that Dickinson could not include the allegation in the book without "corroboration". In a transcript read to the jury, Cosby testified he believed the encounter was in 2004, undermining his defense team's assertion that it had to have been earlier and thus outside the criminal statute of limitations.

"It's a complicated situation when you're publishing memoirs", Regan said, "because people are entitled to interpret the events of the their lives the way that they see fit".

As the 80-year-old comedian arrived Wednesday morning, spokesman Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters and blasted the testimony from a police sergeant and detective at Tuesday's trial.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled on Tuesday that prosecutors could have the Cosby Show star's deposition testimony read into the record, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to portray the comedian as a serial predator.

They're saving for the very end of their case Cosby's own words about using the 1970s party drug "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'".

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