Cosby lawyer launches fierce attack on accuser
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyer launched a blistering courtroom attack on the comedian's accuser today, portraying her as a con artist whose goal was "money, money and lots more money."
Lawyer Tom Mesereau told jurors in his opening statement at the former TV star's sex-assault trial that Andrea Constand wasn't attracted to Cosby but was "madly in love" with his fame and money and made up the accusations to score a big payday.
He said she "hit the jackpot" when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit over allegations he drugged and molested her in 2004.
Prosecutors say it was the "Cosby Show" star who betrayed Constand's trust by giving her pills and then assaulting her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion. Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A jury deadlocked at his first trial last spring, setting the stage for a retrial.
District Attorney Kevin Steele had revealed the previously secret settlement amount in his opening statement on Monday, in an apparent attempt to suggest Cosby wouldn't have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false.
Mesereau, who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation case, told jurors Constand was in deep financial trouble and attached all of her hopes to what she could milk from her relationship with Cosby.