'I wanted it to stop,' accuser tells Cosby trial

11 June, 2017, 09:30 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Canadian Andrea Constand testifies on Day 2 of Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

Actor Bill Cosby (left) is escorted outside Montgomery County Courtroom during a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault trial on 3 April 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The defense resumed its cross-examination of Andrea Constand one day after she broke her long public silence about Cosby by testifying that he gave her three blue pills and then violated her with his fingers in 2004 as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop, at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Andrea Constand, who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her, returned to the witness stand for cross-examination by defense attorneys Wednesday.

A clip of the joke went viral days later, paving the way for a media firestorm in which countless alleged victims of "The Cosby Show" patriarch accused him of sexual assault.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Los Angeles lawyer Angela Agrusa has spent a painstaking hour going over Andrea Constand's old phone records.

"I did say that ... he had been suggestive, but what I'm saying is Mr. Cosby never disclosed to me that he was interested in a romantic interaction with me", she said, adding that the Cos' gave her a number of gifts, including a $225 hairdryer.

"I don't know what that means", Ms Constand said.

Agrusa peppered Constand with questions about a night when Constand was on the bed at Cosby's hotel room at Foxwoods Resort Casino as well as at an earlier dinner at Cosby's home that involved alcohol and a lit fireplace.

Agrusa contended that the advances Cosby made on Constand on two occasions - touching her thigh one time, and attempting to unbutton her trousers and pull down her zipper another - signaled his romantic interest. They also indicated that she called lawyers specializing in civil litigation before reporting the alleged assault to police.

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She said she woke up the next morning, and quietly went to work.

Tuesday's testimony from Constand was also the first time she had spoken publicly about Cosby, due to the terms of a confidential 2006 settlement preventing her from doing so. Cosby, a university trustee, followed the athletics department closely, she said.

About half an hour later, Constand said, she had trouble talking and difficulty moving and was suffering double vision.

Not much is known about the accuser, and for a long time she valued (and still does) her privacy during the most hard time in her life.

"I told them the truth", Constand replied.

Constand alleges the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004. Cosby phoned her back and during the call also said he was a "sick man", she testified. "I don't remember passing out", she said as she grew emotional.

Constand claimed that Cosby made inappropriate advances toward her twice before the alleged assault. The 13-year-old incident is the only one that is recent enough to support criminal charges.

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand in 2004.

Constand testified Wednesday that wasn't the case.

Ms Constand, a Canadian basketball trainer who was 31 at the time of the alleged assault, said she had spurned the actor's romantic advances on two previous occasions but had not felt threatened. The charges were lodged against Cosby before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.

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