Bill Cosby‘s defense attorneys were barred Friday from introducing evidence that the comedian’s main accuser was addicted to magic mushrooms and dreamed of being a millionaire when she moved to America.
Lead attorney Tom Mesereau says his team had unearthed an old pal of Andrea Constand, Robert Russell, who says she popped the hallucinogenics like candy and smoked marijuana constantly.
Yet Judge Steven O’Neill blocked the lawyers from introducing the tales of drug use and greed, and instead Russell testified briefly about Constand’s goals of journalistic stardom.
Russell — who started to say he was “more than a close friend” of Constand’s before he was cut off by an objection — took the stand for a mere five minutes to testify that while he knew her in Canada in 2001, she was pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.
Constand testified she studied communications at the University of Arizona. She said Cosby had tried to help her pursue a career in broadcasting but that she was too busy with her job at Temple University to devote much time to it.
She said her goals later shifted to becoming a massage therapist, like her father.
Mesereau failed to convince O’Neill that Constand’s health-focused lifestyle was in direct contradiction to Russell’s tales, and jurors should therefore hear his account of her alleged habits.
“The prosecution is also trying to suggest this is some innocent babe in the woods,” Mesereau said of Constand, who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her inside his Cheltenham, Pa. home in January 2004. “That she was naive, that she was holistic, that she was pure.”
“That’s ridiculous,” the attorney scoffed. “She had a history of drug use that he says was extensive. He thinks she was actually addicted to magic mushrooms.”
During her time on the stand, Constand was asked extensively about pure eating and health foods — though she was never explicitly questioned by the defense team about possible drug use.
Cosby, 80, stands charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. If convicted, he faces up to ten years on each count.
Source: Page Six (Emily Saul)
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