Sources close to YC confirm that Andrea Constand visited the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Law Library on a daily basis for nearly one-year in 2015 during the campaign of Montgomery County’s new district attorney Kevin R. Steele.
The question, what was she doing there? Constand, a Canadian resident and citizen traveled to a courthouse that soon became the spotlight of networks and media outlets around the globe.
93 accusers have come out claiming that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them at one point in their lives, but only one accuser was able to get her day in court. Andrea Constand, 44, accused Cosby of drugging her and sexually assaulting her in 2004 in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, estate.
The conflicting testimony, inconsistent statements, bizarre facts and the political pull had jurors deadlocked for a number of days until Judge Steven O’Neil finally declared a mistrial after ten days of deliberation.
» The 2015 Election: ‘October Surprise’
The criminal case stemmed in 2005, when Andrea Constand filed a civil suit after former District Attorney Bruce Castor didn’t criminally prosecute Cosby, following a thorough criminal investigation. “Constand was trying to gain a tactical advantage with the election in order to get Kevin Steele put in so that she could get Cosby prosecuted,” James Beasley Jr., Castor’s attorney representing him in the lawsuit against Constand told reporters.
Castor lost the race to Kevin R. Steele, following Constand’s participation in the election, who ran TV ads criticizing Castor’s handling of the 2005 investigation into Cosby.
Constand filed a lawsuit against Castor just months before Election Day; giving Steele the ‘October surprise’, which Castor alleges influenced the outcome of the election and gave her an opportunity to bring criminal charges against Cosby.
» Constand’s vs. Former MontCo District Attorney Bruce Castor
Castor told interviewers during the election that the story Constand told investigators in Montgomery County were drastically different from the story she described in the civil suit against the entertainer, therefore resulting in Castor not bringing criminal charges against the entertainer in 2005.
“That’s not to say she lied in her civil suit,” Bruce Castor said in early 2005. “Her lawyers wrote out allegations that they hoped to be able to prove in court. We have to worry about what we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Constand’s legal team believed that those suggestive statements could damage Constand’s credibility if the case made it to criminal court. The team also hinted they would’ve likely backed out of the civil case against Castor, if he won re-election in 2015.
Filed in federal court in Philadelphia, Constand made headlines again in 2015 after filing a high-profile civil suit against Bruce Castor, the then district attorney.
This lawsuit came after her daily courthouse visits and ironically just ten days before Election Day.
That federal deposition from 2015 is sealed, but may very well contain information that would be relevant to the criminal case against Cosby, in which case the public has a right to know.
» Constand’s Conflicting Stories
Castor told interviewers during the election that the story Constand told investigators in Montgomery County were drastically different from the story she described in the civil suit against the entertainer, therefore resulting in Castor not bringing criminal charges against the entertainer in 2005. “That’s not to say she lied in her civil suit,” Bruce Castor said in early 2005. “Her lawyers wrote out allegations that they hoped to be able to prove in court. We have to worry about what we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”
These conflicting reports became a main topic during the criminal trial. Why did Constand change her story several times? The question wasn’t if she was lying, the question became who was she lying to? The Cheltenham Police or Montgomery County Detectives? Did she lie in the civil deposition or on the witness stand during the criminal trial?
If the Philadelphia federal court grants access to the transcript and all files relating to the civil case filed against Castor, these questions could finally be answered, thus putting together more pieces of the puzzle this case has become.