Defense says Cosby wasn't in Philadelphia during Constand's alleged sexual assault

Jim Melwert
April 20, 2018 - 2:38 pm
Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial continued Friday as his defense presented their case. 

Three witnesses testified for the defense. The first two — a current and a former employee of Cosby’s, respectively — both handled travel and itineraries for the comedian.

Both witnesses referred to documents displaying Cosby’s private jet travel and interview logs in an effort to bolster the defense argument that Cosby and his accuser were never in the Philadelphia area at the same time in January 2004 — the timeframe accuser Andrea Constand said Cosby offered her pills and then sexually assaulted her.

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But prosecutors noted the private jet records were kept by the company Cosby owns and runs.

One other witness took the stand, a man who said he was good friends with Constand before she worked at Temple University.

Cosby’s defense said he developed a relationship with Constand as he was trying to help her pursue a career in sports broadcasting, as reiterated in Cosby's 2005 and 2006 deposition. 

But Constand downplayed her desire for such a job when she testified.

But the witness said when he knew Constand in 2000 and 2001, she was passionately pursuing a broadcasting career, trying to land a job with Canada’s TSN.

Testimony in the trial is expected to wrap up early next week.