Cosby Accuser Wanted Rape Charge in Memoir, Publisher Says

Cosby Accuser Wanted Rape Charge in Memoir, Publisher Says

Darren Sullivan
April 20, 2018

Marguerite Jackson, a key defensive witness, walks into courtroom A after a break in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 18, 2018.

Marguerite Jackson, an academic adviser at Temple University, gave evidence after a judge overruled prosecutors and said she could tell her story to the jury.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

There was no mention in Jackson's 2016 statement about Constand allegedly claiming to be unable to prove the assault allegations in court, and Jackson said at the time that she could not recall the year of the alleged conversation. "When?'" the 31-year Temple University employee said she asked Constand, who then was Director of Operations of women's basketball for the college.

After Jackson asked her if it was true a third time, Constand said it was not but she could say it was. "I could quit my job and get that money". "'I could go get money and go back to school and open a business'".

Jackson said the conversation happened February 1, 2004, a few weeks after Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home. Cosby paid Constand almost $3.4 million in 2006.

Regan, who has signed an affidavit saying Dickinson told her about the rape allegations, testified that she believed Dickinson's account of being raped by Cosby because of the famously emotional model's demeanor.

That is an old admission that has taken on new significance after half a dozen women testified that he drugged and violated them.

In the first trial, prosecutors led by Montgomery County, Pa., District Attorney Kevin Steele, ended their case by invoking Cosby's own words about offering drugs to women as "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'".

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Cosby denies all wrongdoing and says that any sexual contact was consensual.

Cosby discussed the now-banned sedative with Constand's civil lawyers as part of her 2005 lawsuit, admitting he obtained seven prescriptions from a Los Angeles doctor in the 1970s to give the powerful pills to women he found sexually attractive.

Prosecutors called Regan as one of their final witnesses against Cosby, hoping to bolster claims Dickinson lodged earlier in the trial.

"Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case", Cosby testified, according to the transcript.

Regan's testimony was part of a one-two punch from prosecutors Wednesday that also included a reading of Cosby's damaging deposition testimony related to Quaaludes.

While cross-examining Regan on Wednesday, Cosby's attorney Thomas Mesereau pointed out that "The Cosby Show", in which the actor portrayed a lovable physician and father named Dr. Cliff Huxtable, didn't begin airing until 1984.

"She continued to be angry that we would not include it in the book".

In an attempt to undermine Jackson's credibility, which could call into question the state's entire case, prosecutors will likely hone in on how the defense witness met Cosby.

Dickinson testified last week that Cosby raped her at a Lake Tahoe, Nevada hotel in 1982, after giving her a pill. Assistant D.A. Stewart Ryan seemed to be suggesting that her story "evolved" to meet the needs of the defense. Wyatt says Cosby's defense thinks the case should be dismissed. But during her testimony last week, she came under attack from Cosby's lawyers who had zeroed in on the book's sexless account of her meeting with the comedy icon. At one point, Schaffer told Mesereau point-blank, "That is not a correct characterization" and even took the rap himself for one discrepancy in the report, testifying, "There are some mistakes there, but that is the police statement that's being said".