The cross-examination of Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the sexual-assault case that could send Bill Cosby to prison, was predicted to be a slugfest not to be missed. Cosby’s top-flight defense lawyers had vowed that her credibility had been irreparably harmed by the way she acted, and the shifting stories she gave police, in the months after her alleged 2004 attack, Philly.com reports. They had promised that once confronted in court, Constand’s claims would collapse under the weight of their own inconsistencies. When she left the witness stand yesterday after more than six hours of pointed defense grilling over two days, Constand had held firm.
She calmly shrugged off insinuations she and Cosby had a romantic relationship. She brushed away questions about the many phone calls between them after the incident, telling jurors that she was simply returning messages from Cosby related to her job with the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where he was the most famous alumnus and on the board of trustees. When challenged over a glaring discrepancy — she told police at first that the assault occurred in March 2004, and later said it happened months earlier, Constand, 44, remained unfazed. “I was just confused,” she said. “I realized I was mistaken.” The completion of Constand’s testimony after only the third day of trial suggested that the the high-profile case was barreling much more quickly to its end than had been predicted. Judge Steven O’Neill told jurors who had been bused to suburban Philadelphia from the Pittsburgh area that the trial may end sooner than the two weeks he had initially predicted.