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Cosby's secret settlement may go public at upcoming trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby's new defense team says Andrea Constand was looking for a pay day and received it when they settled a civil suit out of court before the comedian was criminally charged.

How much did she get?

It's been a secret, but it might not be much longer.

With his retrial on criminal allegations of sexual assault just days away, the comedian's defense attorneys argued sharing that settlement is crucial to their defense.

But they don't want to expose the negotiations of that agreement, reached years before the now 80-year-old was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting the former Temple employee at his home in Cheltenham back in 2004.

Cosby says it was consensual but Constand testified at the first trial the pills made her unable to consent.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Up to five of them may take the stand at the retrial, though they weren't allowed to testify the first go around.

A defense witness excluded from last trial could also take the stand if the judge allows.

Cosby says he wants to attack Contand's credibility and establish selfish motives by introducing a woman he says heard Constand talk about being able to set up a celebrity to make money.

Prosecutors say it's pure heresay and irrelevant.
 


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