Toxicologists Testify in Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Trial

Danny Woods
April 22, 2018

Bill Cosby's attorneys Friday looked to raise doubt about the timeframe Andrea Constand says she was drugged and assaulted.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill said he will not rule on the matter until April 23, when the defense is able to bring a witness to show that it made a sufficient effort to serve the subpoena. The 80-year-old's first court case ended in a mistrial in June (17), but prosecutors vowed to retry him.

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand's accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

The defense also showed travel itineraries and flight records from Cosby's private jet in a bid to show that he was not in Pennsylvania at the time of the alleged assault.

Williams' name came up frequently during Cosby's first trial as prosecutors combed through months of Constand's phone records from the time of her alleged assault, showing frequent contact between the women.

The time frame is significant because the District Attorney's Office charged Cosby on December 30, 2015.

The comments came after Montgomery County prosecutor Stewart Ryan spent Wednesday questioning Cosby's star witness Jackson over the contradictions between her first affidavit and a second one she wrote previous year for Cosby's first trial.

Cosby said he gave Constand 1 1/2 tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her breasts and genitals, according to a police transcript that jurors heard Tuesday.

Prosecutor Stewart Ryan irked Cosby's lawyers during Jackson's cross-examination by repeatedly saying they "created" her affidavit.

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"So you never had sexual intercourse [with Constand]?" police Lt. Richard Pethel asked the actor during an interview over the accusations at Cosby's lawyer's New York City office on January 26, 2005.

But a different expert called by Cosby's defense team said she couldn't have felt those symptoms so quickly or severely from the Benadryl that Cosby said he gave her. Jackson testified that Constand allegedly told her, after admitting that she never filed a police report against the "high-profile person" because she knew she couldn't prove it.

Jurors at Cosby's first trial past year also heard excerpts from the deposition but deadlocked on sexual assault charges.

He said she regularly smoked marijuana and that she told him she wanted to forge a career in sports broadcasting and become a millionaire.

Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her three unidentified blue pills that knocked her out and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Before jurors began hearing Cosby's testimony about quaaludes, prosecutors on Wednesday called to the witness stand Judith Regan, who published Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson's memoir.

Earlier in the trial, they also sought to paint Constand as a gold-digging opportunist who fabricated her assault claims in an attempt to extort the $3.4 million settlement she received from Cosby in 2006.

She also referred to her 'very small social life'. He also scolded the defense for having just one witness ready for the day - the same day the court would hear testimony from the prosecution's final witness.

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