Bill Cosby accuser’s mother says he apologized

Andrea Constand, left, returns to the courtroom after a lunch break during Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Philadelphia on April 16, 2018. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Bill Cosby accuser’s mother says he apologized

  • Accuser testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004
  • Lawyers tried to show her as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in Cosby
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania: A woman says Bill Cosby described in graphic detail his sexual encounter with her daughter and then apologized.
Gianna Constand told the jury at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial she called him demanding to know the medication he’d given her daughter and what he’d done to her.
She said Cosby told her he gave Andrea Constand a prescription drug but didn’t give her the name. She said he described their sexual encounter and apologized for his behavior.
Gianna Constand testified Monday she was concerned because her daughter hadn’t been the same since leaving Temple University in Philadelphia in March 2004, about two months after the alleged assault, and moving back to Canada.
The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. He said it was consensual.
Constand testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004.
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. Cosby settled the case for about $3.4 million.
Constand denied setting Cosby up.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.