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Witness testifies Constand lied about sexual assault with Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The Cosby defense team is firing back and attorneys are using a former roommate of his chief accuser to do it.

On Wednesday, the star witness for the defense testified that she had a conversation with Andrea Constand about setting up a high profile celebrity.

Marguerite Jackson said she came forward with this same testimony in 2016, but wasn't allowed to testify in the first trial.

This time she is testifying and says in a February 2004 conversation Andrea Constand told her the sexual assault never happened.

Jackson walked into the courtroom with a story to tell and she says it all started in February of 2004 when she and Constand were roommates at a Rhode Island hotel while working for the Temple women's basketball team.

Constand alleges in January of 2004 Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Montgomery county home.

Jackson testified while watching television in a hotel room a story aired about high profile celebrities sexually assaulting women.

Constand told Jackson that happened to her. Jackson testified she pressed Constand for details, but after asking a third time Constand told Jackson it didn't happen, but she could sue and get that money.

Earlier this week Constand testified she didn't recall having a conversation with Jackson.

The prosecution also asked why Jackson's written statements were different from 2016 before Cosby's first trial and now.

Jackson said the statements are the same, but a person on Cosby's first legal team may not have written down all the information.

The jury also heard parts of a 2005 deposition given by Cosby where he admitted to giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

But the defense got detectives to admit Cosby was referring to the 1970s in the deposition and that investigators searched the Cosby home in 2005 and didn't find any evidence of the drug.


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