Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Bill Cosby's accuser takes the stand in sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby's accuser takes the stand in sexual assault trial Bill Cosby's accuser takes the stand in sexual assault trial
Melody Ballard | 23 June, 2017, 04:55

Constand is the only plaintiff in the case, but Johnson's story-as with numerous other woman who have accused Cosby-shares remarkable similarities with Constand's, and is being used by the prosecution as evidence of a pattern of behavior.

The other was a voicemail left by Cosby's powerhouse attorney, Marty Singer, asking her mother to call to discuss an "educational fund" for her daughter.

Andrea Constand took to the witness stand in Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (06Jun17), the second day of Cosby's trial, to share her recollections of the night the now-disgraced comedian is said to have drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home.

On Tuesday, Constand recalled that when she was operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball team, Cosby was an avuncular figure to her: "He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted as a mentor and somewhat of an older figure to me". I wasn't able to fight ...

"I wanted it to stop", she continued.

Andrea Constand enters a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courtroom to testify that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 2004.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which carry up to 10 years each.

She allegedly told investigators she had known Cosby six months at the time of the assault, but actually knew him for more than a year. The defense has argued the two had a romantic relationship, that Constand wasn't incapacitated and that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Instead, she strove to undermine Constand's credibility by focusing on discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the incident.

She then remembered feeling frozen about 20 minutes later, her words slurred, and her vision blurred. She said that when she awoke, Cosby was naked and forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.

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"I told Mr. Cosby that I could see two of him", she said. Cosby leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and shook his head.

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, one of Temple's most popular alums, has previously referenced the fact that Constand is a lesbian with regard to why he'd never do what she's accused him of.

More than 50 women have said that Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases. She asked if they were herbal or natural; he assured her the pills were "her friends".

Miller, who represented William Morris in the case, said Johnson was tearful as she described waking up on a bed with her dress pulled down and her breast exposed - details that matched the story Johnson told on the stand.

He gave her wine as well, she said. While Agrusa attempted to poke holes in her testimony, Constand on several occasions pushed back saying either "I can't answer that" or "what's your question?" "As time passed, I think Mr. Cosby just generally wanted to get to know me".

She said, "I trust you", and swallowed the pills. "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, or my legs to move".

"He said, 'These will help you relax, '" Constand alleged, crying.

They also pointed to phone records showing Ms Constand called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault. To hear her talk about something I never heard her talk about, to see her cry, was really hard for me. "And those messages didn't get there". But there she was, making an appearance unexpected by all, perhaps especially by Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who would chastise prosecution lawyers at day's end for not giving him forewarning.

"He was sorry that you were upset", defense lawyer Angela Agrusa said, providing an alternate explanation for Cosby's apology. According to CBS, Constand's testimony continues Wednesday.

Cosby grinned and tapped his cane at the defense table as McMonagle confronted her with the discrepancies.

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