The star witness for Bill Cosby's defense, Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson, testified Wednesday that chief accuser Andrea Constand confided to her in 2004 a plan to fabricate accusations of sexual abuse to extort a celebrity. That was a year before Constand would press charges against Cosby and sue him, eventually winning a $3.4 million civil settlement.
Ziv, a clinical psychiatrist and Temple University professor, spent an hour on the witness stand Tuesday dispelling common cultural misconceptions on how sexual assault victims ought to react to their abuse. It was a masterclass for understanding the #MeToo moment that has pervaded the wider culture in the months since Cosby's last trial.
That sum, long undisclosed due to a confidentiality agreement both parties signed more than a decade ago, was revealed for the first time Monday by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele in his opening statement to jurors at Cosby's retrial in Norristown.
Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau is known as one of Hollywood's most sought-after legal aces, with a string of seemingly improbable courtroom victories and a client list that has included Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, and Robert Blake.
The settlement agreement - kept confidential for more than a decade, including during Cosby's first trial, which ended with a hung jury in June - will be disclosed publicly for the first time. Seven jurors have been selected for the panel of 12 that will ultimately decide Cosby's fate.
Mohammad N. Ali - Seth Williams' jet-setting, Bentley-driving, energy-drink-peddling benefactor - was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday for bribes he paid Philadelphia's former district attorney in exchange for assistance with his legal woes.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.