Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Jay Jacobs
June 23, 2017

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Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify at Cosby's sexual assault trial.

Around 60 women have accused the Emmy-winning television star of being a serial sexual predator for decades.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

As reported by courtroom witnesses, Constand was calm and composed, though blinking back tears, while recounting her memory of an encounter with Cosby in 2004, when she was the director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater. Constand testified that in 2004, Cosby had invited her over to his home for dinner, and after it was over, offered her a pill, which he claimed was an herbal supplement to help her relax. Cosby has denied all the charges and is not expected to take the stand. Mr Miller testified that she told him the assault occurred in 1990. "They're your friends; they'll take the edge off".

"I wanted it to stop" she said, but was unable to fight.

On the second day of the trial, prosecutors in Norristown, a suburb of Philadelphia, Johnson's mother, Patricia Sewell, said she was different after the attack.

Gianna Constand said she confronted Cosby by phone during a two-hour call in which she said he "surrendered" to her about the sexual encounter and told her he "was sick".

Constand claimed Cosby assisted her to the couch and laid her down, and that she doesn't recall passing out. "I said, 'I see two of you, ' and I'm slurring my words. I don't want that".

Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby, once beloved by American audiences as the dad in the long-running TV hit "The Cosby Show" is not charged in the Johnson incident.

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Constand said that Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive during their friendship.

"Tell the truth", Constand said. "This man was a trustee at Temple". She began by describing the 79-year-old actor a Temple friend.

Constand was direct and polite under cross-examination, even when Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa's questioning grew pointed and accusatory.

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"The room was dark, and there was a nice mood in the room, correct?" she said.

"I trusted him. I wasn't scared of him in any way", said Constand.

WHAT'S NEXT: Defense lawyers will continue their cross-examination of Constand on Wednesday.

"I wanted it to stop", Constand said. One of the incidents she mentioned was their meeting at Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT, wherein he tried to unzip her trousers. "I said, 'What are they?" She also said she received another call in which her daughter claimed Cosby was pressuring her boss, the comedian's agent, to get rid of her.

But he had also previously made advances on her, she said. She panicked when she tried to move her legs, realizing she couldn't get up.

A worker's compensation lawyer says he was taken aback by a woman's 1996 deposition testimony that she'd been drugged and violated by Bill Cosby at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow.

Almost 60 other women have made historical allegations against the actor, but Ms Constand's case is the only one that has made it to trial.

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