Plan to Extort a Celebrity
Judge to Allow Testimony Questioning Cosby Accuser
By GRAHAM BOWLEY
and JOHN HURDLE
The New York Times
NORRISTOWN, Pa.--In a major victory for Bill Cosby, the judge in his sexual assault trial ruled last week to admit testimony from a Temple University from a Temple University academic advisor who says that Mr. Cosby’s central accuser, Andrea Constand, told her she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas had barred the testimony of the administrator, Marguerite Jackson, 56, an advisor in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, during Mr. Cosby’s first trial, which ended with a hung jury last summer.
That ruling came after Miss Constand, a former staff member for the Temple Women’s basketball program, testified in the first trial that she did not know Miss Jackson. But in recent weeks, Mr. Cosby’s defense had brought forward two former colleagues of Miss Constand’s at Temple who said she knew Miss Jackson.
Miss Constand’s credibility is expected to be a prime focus of the defense, as it was at the first trial, where she testified at length that Mr. Cosby had drugged and then assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.
Mr. Cosby, 80, and among the best-known graduates of Temple, has said the sexual contact was consensual....To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper