COSBY TRIAL: CONSTAND’S CONTRADICTING TESTIMONY RAISES DOUBT

(PHOTO: MATT ROURKE/AP) Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

The case against William Cosby has officially concluded, leaving Cosby’s fate in the hands of 12 jurors from Pittsburg who will finally be permitted to discuss the case amongst themselves and review the evidence that was presented inside of the court room. The trial of comedian Bill Cosby opened seven days ago in Norristown, Pennsylvania at the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. This article will showcase the contradicting information provided by Andrea Constand and a few other parties regarding the alleged sexual assault that took place at Cosby’s estate, which might’ve resulted in nothing but reasonable doubt.

Only spectators and those inside of the courtroom witnessed the true evidence that was presented against Cosby – which was quite weak despite the media hysteria that has been going viral in the last couple of weeks. Many outlets have decided to take one sentence out of a witnesses testimony and make it sound as if the jurors have only one option, to find Cosby guilty. This article showcases the information that many media outlets have neglected to report, resembling the coverage of the 2016 presidential election with one-sided reports.

The television star was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park estate in 2004. The original case against Cosby opened in 2005 under the prior Montgomery County district attorney Bruce Castor investigation who closed the just days after January 2006, signifying that there was insufficient evidence to bring the world-famous comedian to trial.

Cosby is facing charges of sexual assault following the election of the new district attorney, Kevin Steele, who made an odd campaign promise to prosecute Bill Cosby if he became the next Montgomery County district attorney.

The prosecution presented a number of witnesses throughout the first five days in an effort to show a pattern of sexual assault by Cosby. Kelly Johnson, who settled a lawsuit against Cosby the first to take the stand – followed by her mother, Dr. Patrice Sewell.

Cosby’s chief accuser, Andrea Constand, began her testimony Tuesday after two police officers from the Durham Police Department in Toronto, Canada, testified regarding the police report Constand filed in 2005.

Here are the highlights from a few key testimonies that occurred on week one of the trial, including testimony from the prosecution’s top witness, Andrea Constand.

OFFICER STEWART PARSONS: CONSTAND’S BROTHER-IN-LAW

Officer Stewart Parsons of the Durham Police Department in Toronto testified that he became aware of the assault through his wife, who happened to be the sister of Constand. She told him what had happened and according to Parsons, he immediately informed Constand and her mother to record and future phone conversations with Cosby and to file a police report.

DID YOU KNOW? Constand’s brother-in-law was a police officer in the same town Constand filed the original police report against Cosby back in 2005.

“Almost immediately, I said to the family that Andrea needed to hire a lawyer to represent her and her interests,” Parsons stated. “It was clear instantaneously that it was a big deal and that this wasn’t just a normal case. I felt strongly that she had to hire somebody that could actually represent her and look after her best interests.” Parsons later testified that he assisted Constand in what would become a vigorous search for the perfect civil lawyer.

Before Parsons’ advice to hire an attorney, Constand had already reached out to other civil lawyers in Philadelphia.

Parsons specified that he was worried for the safety of his sister-in-law given the media frenzy that would occur and when the time came to file the next police report in Montgomery County that he would drive there with her because he didn’t feel comfortable with her flying here alone.

OFFICER DAVID MASON: THE INTITAL POLICE REPORT

Constand filed a police report with the Durham Police Department in 2005, providing information that completely contradicted her testimony in June 2017.

Detective David Mason of the Durham County Intelligence Branch was on duty Jan. 13, 2005, when a 911 call came in for a sex offense.

DID YOU KNOW? Officer Mason testified that Constand told him on a sworn statement that she was searching for an attorney who specialized in sexual assault lawsuits and that she had contacted a large number of Philadelphia attorneys who specialize in that field?

Detective Mason indicated that the police responded at approximately 10 p.m. that night, indicating that two other officers were also on location taking notes that would eventually be used in the police report.

According to the police report, Constand called the police a year after the assault and that the incident occurred after she had gone to dinner with Cosby and some friends in Philadelphia [1]. Constand did not tell police that she had spent time in a bedroom alone with Cosby in the past [2] and that contact with Cosby was very brief and rare following the incident [3]. Police also noted that Constand told them that she was in the process of finding an attorney who specializes in sexual assault lawsuits in Philadelphia before contacting them [4].

Furthermore, Constand told police that she only knew Cosby for about six months before the alleged assault [5] and that she waited one year before calling police because she was interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting [6]. Constand also told police that she had introduced herself to Cosby at a Temple Basketball game where she offered to take Cosby on a tour of the facility, which would include the renovated locker room [7].

POLICE REPORT FACT CHECK (YC)

With the overwhelming amount of contradicting testimony, our editorial department assigned a fact checker to review each section of the original police report filed in Canada with Constand’s testimony. Ironically, Constand’s entire report consisted of statements that would soon contradict everything she said on the stand. This raises questions as to who prepped her for trial. When confronted, Constand mentioned she had problems recalling the exact details because the report was made one-year after the incident. Strangely, Constand remembered more about the incident twelve years later when testifying in Montgomery County last week.

[1] – Incident occurred after she had gone to dinner with Cosby and some friends in Philadelphia.

Constand testified she was mistaken that she was not out to dinner before the alleged sexual assault. Constand testified that she was assaulted after visiting Cosby’s estate in regards to her interest in becoming a massage therapist.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[2] – Constand did not tell police that she had spent time in a bedroom alone with Cosby in the past.

Constand went to Foxwoods Casino with Cosby and a friend. According to Constand, Cosby invited her to his room for dessert. Constand mentioned she was interested in “baked goods” that Cosby had offered her. After conversing with Cosby, Constand testified that she sat on the foot of his bed while he laid down and closed his eyes. According to Constand, the comedian had his eyes closed in that position for approximately 10 minutes before telling Cosby “I should probably go now – you’re tired.” Cosby then walked her to the door.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[3] – Constand mentioned that contact with Cosby was very brief and rare following the incident.

Constand contacted Cosby 72 times via telephone following the alleged assault, including nine times on Valentine’s Day and 30 minutes before police arrived Jan. 13, 2015.

Constand also contacted Cosby at 8:17 a.m. Jan. 13, 2015, before contacting her mother.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[4] – Police also noted that Constand told them that she was in the process of finding an attorney who specializes in sexual assault lawsuits in Philadelphia before contacting them.

Constand testified Tuesday that she had not told police that she had contacted any attorneys in Philadelphia – but then retracted the statement after reviewing the original police report. It turns out Constand searched for numerous attorneys and contacted a number of them before finding one who finally took the case.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[5] – Constand told police that she only knew Cosby for about six months before the alleged assault.

Constand knew Cosby for well over one-year at the time she filed the report with Durham Police.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[6] – Constand told police she waited one year before reporting the incident to police because she was interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.

Constand testified Tuesday that she had not told police that she had an interest in sports broadcasting, however, she recanted that statement after reviewing the police report. Constand mentioned an additional reason that deterred her from calling the police was “I was scared,” she testified. “I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself. I felt if I had gone to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me, so I wanted to protect myself.”

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

[7] – Constand told police she introduced herself to Cosby on her 2005 police report to Durham Police to offer him a tour of the facility.

Tuesday Constand testified that a major donor to Temple University introduced her to Cosby, stating that she was mistaken during her original police report made one-year after the alleged assault.

The aforementioned statement by Andrea Constand was false.

THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT CIVIL LAWYER

Following the alleged assault, Constand contact numerous lawyers who specialize in sexual assault and personal injury lawsuits in Philadelphia.

Constand mentioned that her intention was not to file a lawsuit, stating that she had no idea who else to call.

THE RUNDOWN: KELLY JOHNSON & HER MOTHER

Kelly Johnson accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her at the Bel Air Hotel in the 1900s when she was an assistant to Tom Illius at the William Morris Agency.

Johnson’s mother, Dr. Patrice Sewell, presented an odd testimony stating that she did not tell her daughter to call the police in an attempt to save her from public scrutiny.

Rather than calling the police, Johnson filed a workers’ compensation complaint against her employer, William Morris Agency, after her mother alleged that her daughter told her that Cosby told her boss to fire her following the assault. Ultimately, Johnson left the William Morris Agency in 1996 claiming her interaction with Cosby was the sole reason.

Defense attorney Angela Agrusa dropped a bombshell during her first few questions to Sewell, asking if there was not one, not two but three reasons as to why Johnson might’ve parted ways with the agency.

The defense brought up previous harassment by Johnson’s boss, Tom Illius, asking if her daughter had ever complained about his behavior toward her. Sewell mentioned, “Tom was not an easy guy to work for,” insinuating that perhaps there was more to the story than the jury had heard. Furthermore, Johnson had been reprimanded at the William Morris Agency for conversing with clients and ultimately having a child with a client.


THE EXTREMELY ODD BEHAVIOR BEFORE & AFTER THE ALLEGATIONS

Andrea Constand told Durham Police Department’s Intelligence Unit in 2005 that she met Cosby after introducing herself at a Temple sporting event to give the comedian a tour of the renovated women’s locker rooms. Constand testified last week that she was introduced to Cosby at a sporting event and that she would never introduce herself to “Bill Cosby.”

Constand told police in 2005 that she had met Bill Cosby six months prior to the incident which Cosby is currently facing trial for. Constand testified last week that she had known Cosby for sixteen months prior to the alleged assault, stating that she was unable to recall exact dates at the time of the 2005 police report – merely one year after the alleged assault.

Constand told police in 2005 that following her assault, she left as soon as she woke up and went home to change and went directly to work. Constand testified last week that following the assault, she had breakfast at Cosby’s home prior to leaving because she didn’t want to seem rude.

Constand told police in 2005 that she had brief and rare contact with Cosby following the alleged assault. Constand testified last week that she might’ve called him a few times, which the defense presented evidence indicating Constand called Cosby 72 times following the alleged assault and even went to see him perform live with her family.

Constand told police in 2005 that she had been searching for an attorney in Philadelphia who specialized in sexual assault lawsuits. Constand testified that she had not reached out to attorneys, until the defense presented evidence indicating that she had reached out to numerous attorneys who specialize in personal injury and sexual harassment lawsuits.

Constand told police that she was hesitant to make a report, hence why she waited one full year because she was trying to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. Constand testified that she did not tell police about ever having intentions to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. However, Detective Mason & the police report both state that Constand did tell them that information on the night she made the report in 2005.

This article is being updated by the hour as we review notes of testimony from the first week. Please refresh this page regularly

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