Defence cross of Cosby accuser reflects change in strategy

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At the time, she was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, the entertainer's alma mater.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)[/caption] Defense lawyers questioning Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand spent part of Monday zeroing in on her financial situation, in an apparent effort to make economic self-interest more central to the case than during Cosby's initial trial previous year.

Gianna Constand, who testified during Cosby's first trial on the same charges, brought new emotion to the courtroom as she rehashed her disturbing communications with the TV pioneer.

Asked if she was taught to promptly report sexual assault allegations, Constand replied: "I can't speak to what was in the curriculum". "This isn't about money".

The mother testified about a phone conversation she said she had with Cosby about a year after the alleged assault on her daughter in which he described in graphic detail their sexual encounter and then apologized.

Constand, a 45-year-old Toronto native, left the witness stand Monday after testifying for seven hours over two days.

She told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.

Cosby, 80, is on trial on charges he drugged and molested former Temple University basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Constand said.

Andrea Constand faces more defense questions on Monday, and Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau is scouring a binder full of her police statements and prior testimony for inconsistencies.

Cosby has repeatedly denied the accusations, saying any sexual contact was consensual. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a Pennsylvania jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision.

She says Cosby told her he gave Andrea Constand a prescription drug but didn't give her the name.

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Constand received a $3.4 million settlement from the actor in a civil lawsuit in 2005.

Mesereau also pointed out that Constand made phone calls to Cosby after the alleged assault, including on Valentine's Day.

She has testified that she saw Cosby as a mentor and had no romantic interest in him.

Constand says she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was an alumnus and trustee.

Constand is Cosby's chief accuser in a case that lacks virtually any forensic evidence.

Andrea Constand said under cross-examination Monday that her phone calls to Cosby were about basketball. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

For example, she told police that on the night of the assault in January 2004 she called Cosby to open the gate.

His ruling will depend on whether Constand testified that she knew Jackson. At the time, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Jackson's testimony would be hearsay.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the stand at the retrial but indicated he could revisit the issue after Constand was finished testifying.

Second trial: Constand testified she doesn't "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson. The long-married comedian said he never took the drug, instead giving it to women he wanted to have sex with "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'". The defense has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.

If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Like last time, though, the defence team hit a brick wall when it asked Constand about a key figure in the case, Marguerite Jackson, who says Constand spoke about fabricating sexual-assault allegations against a celebrity to file suit.

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