Thursday 26 April 2018

Cosby’s chief accuser ‘seeking justice’ in sex trial

Andrea Constand has had a second chance to confront the TV star in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Associated Press Reporters

Bill Cosby’s chief accuser has told his sexual assault retrial she is seeking justice.

Andrea Constand began giving evidence on Friday at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.

She was given a second chance to confront the TV star in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

The defence team says Ms Constand is a “con artist” who framed Cosby for money. He paid her 3.4 million dollars in a 2006 civil settlement.

She told the jury she has nothing to gain financially now by wanting him locked up.

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Andrea Constand walks into the Philadelphia courtroom (Corey Perrine/AP)

The former Temple University women’s basketball executive says Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004, when he was a powerful trustee at the school.

Cosby says she consented to a sexual encounter.

Ms Constand follows five other accusers who also give evidence against the 80-year-old comedian.

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