NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s lawyers are expected to portray his alleged victim as a money-grubbing liar and hone in on her $3.4 million settlement against the comedian in their opening statements Tuesday.
Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau has indicated he’ll use the settlement Cosby paid to Andrea Constand in 2005 to prove “just how greedy” she was, as well as claim she made up the sex-assault allegations in hopes of getting a big payoff.
The 80-year-old fallen funnyman appeared in good spirits Tuesday as the second day of his sexual assault retrial kicked off.
The comedian smiled broadly as he climbed out of a car, and then stood next to his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, as Wyatt read a short statement urging jurors to ignore anything they might hear happening outside the courtroom.
Security was noticeably beefed up outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a topless protester charged at Cosby and his team the day before. The protester had the words “Women’s Lives Matter” and names of alleged Cosby victims scrawled across her body.
Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand – a former Temple University basketball administrator – at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
He faces up to 10 years behind bars on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault, if convicted.
A trial last year ended in a hung jury.