Cosby, 79, has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing in response to the accusations covering a series of alleged sexual assaults dating back to the 1960s, most of which are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.
According to court documents, Constand told police in 2005 that the year before, the comedian drugged her and molested her at his home in Pennsylvania; Cosby has said that he gave Constand a Benadryl and that their sexual encounter was consensual. The panel discussion on issues facing low income. Dozens came forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.
That woman, known only as Kacey, could help sway jurors who harbor doubts about Constand's story, legal experts said. She filed a police report against Cosby in early 2005, then sued him when Pennsylvania authorities declined to press charges.
In 2004 Ms Constand was 31 when she visited Cosby's home seeking career advice after befriending him through Temple University in Philadelphia, where he served on the board of trustees.
Cosby's attorneys have said that statements Constand made were inconsistent and that her motives were based on financial gain.The defense also has claimed that the charges were politically motivated. "The case in court today is: Did Bill Cosby assault Andrea Constand?"
You'll recall last week, a jury of seven men and five woman were chosen in Allegheny County and will be bused in from Pittsburgh to decide the case against Cosby in Montgomery county. Cosby's will not be one of them. But Cosby avoided a trial - after giving four days of deposition testimony - by negotiating a confidential settlement with Constand in 2006.
In the deposition for the civil suit, Cosby admitted he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. The news put a halt to his planned TV comeback and led networks to stop airing Cosby reruns.
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After taking the pills, Constand said she began to experience blurred vision and had difficulty speaking. She said he later sexually assaulted her. Cosby's lawyers have questioned why she went to his hotel bungalow, despite saying she had rebuffed Cosby's advances once before.
Cosby's lawyers have spent the past 18 months trying to have the criminal case thrown out.
In a 2015 interview, Rashad said she believed Cosby was the victim of a scheme to end his career, although she never directly commented on the allegations made by nearly 60 women accusing Cosby of drugging and raping them.
Cosby is represented by Philadelphia defense attorney Brian J. McMonagle and Los Angeles lawyer Angela C. Agrusa.McMonagle is one of Philadelphia's most prominent defense lawyers, representing clients such as the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua during a probe into sexual abuse allegations made against city priests, and National Basketball Association star Tyreke Evans during an investigation into a murder in Evans' hometown of Chester.Agrusa joined the team in August after becoming Cosby's lead attorney in several civil lawsuits he faces from various accusers.
Cosby and his family, on the eve of trial, have suggested the charges are fueled by racism. She was a former emloyee of one of Cosby's agents at the William Morris Agency.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.