Prosecutors in Cosby retrial build to conclusion of case

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against Bill Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical expert expected to take the stand beginning Tuesday in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.

The prosecution on Monday delivered a searing one-two punch as chief accuser Andrea Constand rejected defense allegations that she concocted her story to score a big payday, and her mother testified that Cosby apologized and called himself a “sick man.”

Andrea and Gianna Constand’s testimony followed that of five additional accusers who told jurors that Cosby had drugged and assaulted them two decades earlier.

Andrea Constand withstood a defense cross-examination that sought to expose her as a con artist who set Cosby up, leaving the witness stand at his retrial without budging from her allegation that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

“Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?” Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau asked her.

“No, sir,” Constand replied.

Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator, was mostly calm and composed in more than seven hours of testimony over two days.

Her mother followed her on the witness stand on Monday and was more feisty, often clashing with prosecutors and bristling when they asked her if she benefited from Andrea Constand’s $3.4 million civil settlement with Cosby.

“She didn’t buy ME a house,” Gianna Constand snapped. “This isn’t about money.”

The mother testified about a phone conversation she said she had with Cosby about a year after the alleged assault on her daughter in which he described in graphic detail their sexual encounter and then apologized.

Gianna Constand said she was “very combative” with Cosby, demanding he tell her the medication he had given her daughter and what he had done to her.

She said Cosby told her he had given Andrea Constand a prescription drug — not the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl as he has claimed — but did not provide the name of it. She said he described how he had touched Andrea Constand’s breasts and vagina and guided her hand to his penis.

“He said to me, ‘Don’t worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration,’” Gianna Constand testified.

She told jurors that Cosby said he “felt like a dirty old perverted man” and, at the end of the call, conceded he was a “sick man.” Her testimony prompted Cosby, sitting with his lawyers at the defense table, to open his eyes wide.

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