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.


Boulder-sized sunfish washes ashore in Australia

Updated 21 March 2019
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Boulder-sized sunfish washes ashore in Australia

  • The enormous creature is distinct for both its size and peculiar shape
  • The fish can weigh up to 2.5 tons (2,200 kilograms)

SYDNEY: A boulder-sized fish of a kind known to “sink yachts” has washed up on an Australian beach.
The 1.8 meter (six feet) specimen — believed to be a Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish — came ashore near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia at the weekend.
The enormous creature is distinct for both its size and peculiar shape featuring a flattened body and fins.
The fish can weigh up to 2.5 tons (2,200 kilogrammes), according to National Geographic.
A photo circulating on social media showed two people on a beach standing over the giant specimen, which had died.
“The amount of news and media from all over the world wanting to report it has been on another level,” Linette Grzelak, who posted the image to Facebook, told AFP.
“Never expected this.”
South Australian Museum fish collection manager Ralph Foster said the fish was actually at the smaller end of the scale for the species.
It earned its name for basking in the sun near the ocean’s surface, but is also known to dive several hundred meters (feet) into the depths, he said.
“I’ve actually had a good look at it, we get three species here and this is actually the rarest one in South Australian waters,” Foster told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
“They can get a lot bigger... it’s probably an average-sized one, they can get nearly twice as big as that,” he added.
Mola Mola have also been known to damage vessels, Foster added.
“We get a lot of them hit by boats and some of them are so large they actually sink yachts,” he said.
“We know very little about them, it’s only in the last few years that technology has allowed us to start learning about them.
“They are amazing things, they really are.”