A look at Bill Cosby's testimony about quaaludes

Friday, 20 Apr, 2018

Marguerite Jackson, a key defensive witness, walks into courtroom A after a break in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 18, 2018.

Bill Cosby's defence team in his sexual assault trial is expected on Wednesday to continue its cross examination of a detective who investigated the accusations against the 80-year-old entertainer shortly after they were first made. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a Pennsylvania jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision.

In the deposition, Cosby says he gave quaaludes, a now-banned sedative that was a popular party drug in the 1970s, to women he wanted to have sex with "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'".

Cosby paid Constand almost $3.4 million in 2006 to settle a civil lawsuit, and his lawyers call her a "con artist" who set him up. Temple University academic advisor Marguerite Jackson maintains she knows Andrea Constand isn't telling the truth about her alleged 2004 encounter with Cosby.

Jackson recalled that she and Constand were sharing a room at a Rhode Island hotel on February 1, 2004, when a TV news report came on about a "high-profile celebrity essentially assaulting women". "And I don't feel her say anything", Cosby testified in the deposition.

Jackson said she replied, "Really?"

She also published the controversial O.J. Simpson book, "If I Did It". On the witness stand, she said that she was shocked during the alleged rape to find "America's Dad on top of me". Jackson did not file any reports in 2004 when she said she shared a hotel room with Constand.

Prosecutor Stewart Ryan noted inconsistencies in Jackson's testimony. "It's about money. Money is a great motivator".

Jackson told the court she encouraged Constand to report it but at that point Constand switched gears and said the assault didn't actually happen, adding: "But I could say it did". "I'm giving Andrea time to say "yes" or "no" about an area that is right there in the question zone", Cosby testified. I could quit my job and go back to school.

During her short, highly anticipated appearance, Regan opened a window onto the back stages of the celebrity book-publishing business.

Jackson told Cosby's lawyers she was Constand's roommate for more than one road trip with the team. Constand testified that after taking the pills she became unable to fend off Cosby's sexual advances when he led to a couch and bean touching her and forcing her to touch him. In her earlier statements, she said the pair roomed together six times.

The explosive admission was presented to jurors after six women testified last week that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.

Last week, Constand testified that Cosby would call her office at Temple to discuss the basketball team.

"Did Kathleen [Bliss] tell you that one of the attorneys in this case, Mr. Mesereau, would tell this jury that this case is all about 'Money, money, money?'" Ryan asked, pacing as he echoed Tom Mesereau's opening statements.

Ultimately, the lawyer succeeded in getting her to acknowledge that she helped Dickinson publish a false story about Cosby. Later Wednesday morning, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said the prosecution case was complete, except for a witness he will call Thursday. Dickinson testified that she agreed to the publication of a watered-down version of events because she was broke and needed to make money from book sales to support her children.

Judge Steven O'Neill blocked Jackson from taking the stand at Cosby's first trial previous year, ruling that her testimony would be hearsay after Constand told the jury she didn't know her. The judge changed his mind about Jackson for the retrial, giving the defense case a huge boost.

Cosby denies all wrongdoing and says that any sexual contact was consensual.