Prosecution Rests, Cosby's Key Witness Takes Stand In Sex Assault Retrial

Jim Melwert
April 18, 2018 - 12:10 pm
May 24, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Bill Cosby speaks to the media as he and his attorney leave Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The prosecution in Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial wrapped up its case Wednesday, and a witness took the stand that is central to Bill Cosby’s defense.

Temple employee Marguerite Jackson testified she was rooming with Andrea Constand on a Temple Women's basketball trip in February 2004. 

Jackson says the two of them saw a news report of a prominent person who was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

According to Jackson, Constand told her she'd been drugged and sexually assaulted. She claims when she asked Constand if she reported it, Constand told her didn't happen, but Constand could say it did.

Jackson when on to say Constand told her she could file charges to get money to open a business.

Prosecutors asked if Jackson received a favor from Cosby's publicist, noting she had a launch party for her music promotion business.

They also asked why she never brought this up during the civil suit in 2005.

Jurors in the comedian's sex assault retrial also heard from a publisher of a book written by one of the prior accusers in this case.

Judith Regan published the 2002 book, written by former model Janice Dickinson called, “No Lifeguard on Duty.”

Dickinson testified in this trial as a prior accuser of Cosby, saying he drugged and raped her in 1982.

The defense had questioned Dickinson about why she didn’t include the rape in her book. She said she wanted to but was told Cosby was too powerful and it would never get past his legal team.

Regan testified she felt Dickinson’s story was credible based on her emotions when she told her the story, but she said the legal department told her it couldn’t be in the book without a witness. She said Dickinson was upset the story wasn’t included.

Cosby’s lawyer pressed her on why she chose to publish a false story. She said that was up to Dickinson and her ghost writer.

Also, Cosby’s testimony on Quaaludes from 2005 was read into the record by a detective, including Cosby saying he got seven prescriptions of Quaaludes over two or three years in the 1970s.

He says he would give those to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby is asked in that deposition if he had Quaaludes in 2002. He said no. He also said he never gave Quaaludes to any woman without her knowledge.

Prosecutors have one more witness who will testify on Thursday.