Here's how Bill Cosby's second trial is playing out differently

Emmett Rice
April 20, 2018

In the testimony, Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained a prescription for the now-illegal drug in the 1970s and gave it to women he wanted to have sex with.

Judge Steven O'Neill's decision came amid a more than hourlong hearing, during which the jury was not present. His attorneys have sought to undercut Constand's credibility, arguing that her goal had been to win a hefty payout from Cosby.

Andrea Constand, key witness in the case against actor and comedian Bill Cosby, leaves the courtroom during a recess on the sixth day of Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 16, 2018.

The 80-year-old's shocking statements about recreational drug use were first made public during the first trial against Cosby last year that ended in a hung jury in June.

Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against comedian Bill Cosby in his sexual assault retrial.

Constand, who stepped down from the stand Monday, says that though Cosby "came on" to her before the alleged assault - putting his hand on her thigh and once trying to unbutton her trousers - she stopped him and they never shared any consensual sexual contact.

"Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?"

On Monday, the defense tried to cast Constand as an opportunist who baited Cosby by feigning romantic interest in him. She said Cosby looked at her "like I was crazy" when she confronted him about what had happened.

Constand went to police in 2005 and filed her lawsuit later that same year after prosecutors declined to file charges at that time. But, under cross-examination by Kathleen Bliss, an attorney for Mr. Cosby, Detective Reape said he had concluded that the varying times were not important.

Schaffer testified that a search of Cosby's home yielded no blue pills.

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He claimed he never gave the pills to anyone who was unwilling. She said that Andrea Constand helped devise a plan to make money off Cosby and her mother helped her execute it.

"You used to have to call your voicemail", Schaffer said.

"I would not call them inconsistent statements".

Cosby's musical director left, Dickinson said, and Cosby told her, "We'll continue this conversation upstairs". "She initially provided a date of March 16, but corrected that".

Authorities are reading a transcript of the January 26, 2005, interview to the jury Tuesday.

Yesterday, nearly as if to downplay the controversial $3.4 million settlement Constand received in 2006 from Cosby, a sticking point that the defense has been using to paint Constand as greedy, she said she took the money to make the alleged incident from just two years before go away.

"(I signed it) because it was a very painstaking process for me and my family.

"The landmark date in her memory was corrected", Sergeant Schaffer said.

"Why didn't you have sexual intercourse?" the police officer asked. Hers is the only one recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

"I believe I have been consistent, but mistaken in some areas", Constand responded. District Attorney Kevin Steele said they could rest their case against Cosby as early as today but might have to wait until tomorrow for publisher Judith Regan to be available as a witness. It also means that jurors will hear the same admissions as in the original trial ― but this time, paired with testimony from five other accusers.

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