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Constand's mother followed her on the witness stand and bolstered her account, testifying about a phone conversation she said she had with the comedian about a year after the alleged assault in which he described in graphic detail their sexual account and then apologized.

Constand met Cosby at a basketball game in 2002 at Temple University, where she was an employee.

The distraught mom immediately called to confront Cosby, now 80, after her daughter, Andrea Constand, told her she'd been drugged and molested by him in January 2004.

Ebonee Benson says that Andrea and her mother Gianna Constand's testimony "seemed to be more colorful and more embellished" than during last year's trial that ended with a hung jury. Her testimony prompted Cosby, sitting with his lawyers at the defense table, to open his eyes wide.

She remained outwardly calm during two hours of cross-examination in the sexual assault retrial, fending off queries on topics that the defence brought forward to indicate she had converted a consensual sexual encounter with Cosby into a criminal assault in order to score a big payday.

The jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial can hear the comedian's decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, a judge ruled Tuesday, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to portray him as a serial predator.

Cosby's defense attorneys argued last week that Constand was a con artist who was after Cosby's money.

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During cross-examination Monday, Cosby's lawyers tried to show her as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in Cosby so she could later make a false accusation against him and file a lawsuit.

The defense said Constand spent late nights at the comedian's home, drove four hours to see him at a casino and called him twice on Valentine's Day, about a month after the alleged assault.

Constand has testified that she saw the former TV star as a mentor and had previously rejected his advances.

Constand says she felt a duty to answer Cosby's inquiries since he was an alumnus and trustee.

The woman, Nicolle Rochelle, turned out to be a former child actor on The Cosby Show.

He asked if she offered to give the money back and wondered, "Didn't you think when Mr. Cosby paid you this large sum of money he was hoping it would all go away?"

Five of Cosby's other accusers have testified in this trial.

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The defense attempted to poke holes in Constand's allegations by questioning her about the almost 70 phone calls she made to Cosby after the alleged assault, her involvement in a "pyramid scheme" at Temple and her sexual assault and conflict-of-interest training as a university employee, among other things. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.

Constand was more confident and composed as she told jurors about the night in question.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the stand at the retrial but indicated he could revisit the issue after Constand was finished testifying.

"Just because I'm concerned, I don't know how it affected her and I wanna know", Gianna Constand told Cosby in the 2005 call.

Cosby said he never took the drug, instead giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.

Andrea Constand testified Friday that she drank wine and took three blue pills at Cosby's urging in January 2004, then lost consciousness and, sometime later, was "jolted awake" to find the entertainer sexually assaulting her.

If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravated The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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