Main Accuser Faces Cross Examination At Cosby Sex Assault Retrial

Jim Melwert
April 16, 2018 - 9:25 am
Andrea Constand

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) --The chief accuser in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial, Andrea Constand, spent all day Friday, and most of Monday, on the witness stand.

Not only did jurors hear from Constand -- the only woman whose claims have resulted in criminal charges -- but also her mother. 

In her 7.5 hours on the the stand, Constand explained how Cosby became a mentor, saying she trusted him when offered her pills at his Elkins Park home in 2004.

But defense attorney Tom Mesereau tried to poke holes in Constand’s story, narrowing in on conflicting statements she’s made in interviews with police and in prior testimony.

He asked her why, if she told detectives she called Cosby from her cell phone when she arrived at Cosby’s home on the night in question, so he could open the gate, then why is there no record of a call to that number in the entire month of January.

But on re-direct, prosecutor Kristen Feden walked Constand through those statements, pointing out in all those statements, Constand’s story of the incident at the heart of the charges has remained consistent.

Jurors also heard from Constand’s mother, who says she was concerned how her daughter was acting during the year after she moved home after leaving Philadelphia.

It was a tense cross examination, Constand’s mother snapping at Cosby’s attorney Kathleen Bliss to “back up," also telling her, “don’t talk to me like that.”

Bliss asked if Constand’s behavior could have been off because she’d left her job and had recently ended a relationship, also asking if she knew the true nature of her daughter’s relationship with Cosby.

Last week, jurors heard from five other women who’ve raised allegations against the comedian.