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Defense brings up inconsistencies in Andrea Constand's testimony

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial, took the stand Friday

She started the day outlining meeting Cosby, their friendship, and the events that led to the alleged assault.

Constand, the former Director of Operations for Temple's women's basketball program, said she was introduced to Cosby at a basketball game in the fall of 2002.

That led to phone calls from Cosby about Temple sports and then to a dinner invitation at his home.

Constand said at the dinner Cosby put his hand on her thigh, and then at another he tried to unbutton her pants. Constand said she told him she wasn't interested in a romantic relationship but didn't feel threatened. She compared the comedian's age to her grandfather.

She also described an invitation from Cosby to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, where he invited her to his room but passed out.

Bill Cosby's defense hammered Andrea Constand about inconsistencies she made in various police reports.

This includes mixing up the date of the night in question.

Constand said in 2004 Cosby, her mentor, drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Montgomery County home. The two settled a civil suit for nearly $3.4 million in 2006.

On Friday, the defense brought up differences between what Constand said now versus then.

This comes on the heels of five women testifying to similar scenes with Cosby,

Cosby's defense says the accusations made against him are a play for a pay day.

"It's the perfect Oceans 11 extortion campaign, when you look at what she testified it lines up with what women testified yesterday," said spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

On the stand, Constand said she was nervous and just confused about certain dates.

When asked why she had dinner with Cosby and returned to his house after the alleged assault, she said she wanted to know why he did it, and said there is no upside to her testifying aside from justice.

But said she felt vindicated with her 2006 civil suit.

"It's just a form of accountability to try to make the perpetrator of some type of misconduct accountable for what he has done and for the harm he has inflicted," Attorney Gloria Allred said.


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