Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'

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Bill Cosby's lawyers say accuser Andrea Constand is a 'con artist'

"You have a witness on the stand right now who has changed her testimony, who has been impeached on the witness stand, at least, over six times", said Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

Cosby's lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, concluded his initial cross-examination by asking Constand: "Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?"

Mesereau, in his cross-examination of Constand, asked her about inconsistencies in her statements to police about the alleged assault. The former Temple University basketball administrator was later released from the stand after almost two days of questioning.

But Mesereau, who's best known for winning Michael Jackson an acquittal in his 2005 child molestation case, was incredulous as Constand denied being aware that Cosby was sexually attracted to her - even after he touched her thigh on one occasion and tried unbuttoning her trousers on another.

Gianna Constand started weeping as she said yes. "This isn't about money".

Andrea Constand testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004.

Gianna Constand told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.

She said Cosby told her he'd given Andrea Constand a prescription drug - not the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl as he has claimed - but didn't provide the name of it.

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The 80-year-old comedian says his encounter with Constand was consensual.

"He said to me, 'Don't worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration,"' Gianna Constand testified.

Mesereau showed documents Constand signed confirming she participation in the classes.

As lawyers argued about phrasing in the corner, Constand, in a muted peach-toned jacket, closed her own eyes, breathing in and out as she waited. His first trial ended with a hung jury.

The protection stated she drove 4 hours to see him in a match invested late evenings in the home of the comedian and called him on Valentine's Day, roughly a month immediately after the alleged attack. She maintains she viewed Cosby as a mentor and never had a romantic interest in him.

In many cases, she said she was only returning his calls, perhaps to alert him to a basketball game, and that her contacts were not evidence of any romance.

On redirect, prosecutor Kevin Steele asked Gianna Constand whether the defense had even bothered to ask about the incident and the phone call she made to Cosby where she said he admitted the alleged assault to her.

"Can you find one single call for the whole month of January to his Elkins Park number?" Mesereau asked her. Constand testified that she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was a powerful alumnus and trustee.

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The protection plans to telephone Jackson like a witness and says she will testify which before Constand lodged her allegations against Cosby in 2005, Constand had reverted for her to setting up a "high profile man" and submitting suit.

Cosby's defense used its cross-examination to try to hint that her daughter was having money problems at Temple and using Cosby for his connections, rather than contest the story Gianna Constand told the prosecution of how Cosby confessed to her in a phone call he was a "dirty man" who improperly touched her daughter.

Gianna Constand told the jury at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial she called him demanding to know the medication he'd given her daughter and what he'd done to her.

His face remained animated throughout the afternoon - growing wide-eyed at the mention of his own penis, shaking his head as lawyers quibbled and openly chuckling when judge Steven O'Neill allowed a question through, saying "it's not that leading".

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the rack but indicated after Constand was completed invisibly he could revisit the issue.

Mr Mesereau opened the retrial last week with a blistering attack on Ms Constand, telling jurors that she is a "con artist" who framed the comedian and cashed in with a $3.4 million (€2.75m) settlement.

Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too.

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