NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's lawyers have changed the way they talk about his chief accuser and her relationship with him.
At Cosby's first sexual-assault trial, the
At the retrial, Cosby's new lawyer, Tom Mesereau, has called Constand a "con artist" who baited Cosby by feigning romantic interest in him and wound up with a $3.4 million civil settlement after she
Mesereau's cross-examination of Constand, which ended Monday, reflected this change in strategy.
Like last time, though, the
Here's a glimpse at each
ON CONSTAND'S DINNER WITH COSBY
First trial: Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa suggested Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner at Cosby's home.
"And the room was dark and there was a nice mood in the room, correct?" Agrusa asked.
"I don't know what that means," Constand replied.
"The lights were dimmed, and the fire was going, right?" the lawyer continued.
"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner," Constand said.
Second trial: Mesereau didn't ask about the dinner.
ON THE 'PONZI SCHEME'
First trial: The
Second trial: Mesereau asked Constand about the emails, seeking to bolster his claim that she's a con artist. During cross-examination, Constand struggled to remember why she'd sent them but said she was only trying to help out a friend.
ON MARGUERITE JACKSON
First trial: Agrusa asked Constand, "When you
Constand replied, "Her name sounds familiar, but I don't really remember her. ... I don't know her."
Second trial: Constand testified she doesn't "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson.
ON CONSTAND'S CIVIL SETTLEMENT
First trial: Agrusa ran through a list of personal-injury lawyers whom Constand called after the alleged assault and referred to her police statement in which she said she had contacted an attorney who "specializes in sexual assault lawsuits." Constand said a lawsuit "was not my intention." Agrusa's ability to question Constand about her $3.4 million civil settlement with Cosby was limited due to a ruling from the judge.
Second trial: This time, the
Mesereau suggested Constand violated a confidentiality provision of the settlement by
Constand agreed, saying he she wanted it to go away, too. "I was glad it was over," she said.
Rubinkam contributed to this story from northeastern Pennsylvania.
This story has been corrected to show jurors at the first trial deliberated for six days, not five.
Michael R. Sisak And Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press
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