Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

As the 79-year-old actor walked past cameras and reporters to the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, a woman with a camera shouted to Cosby, asking him to wish her a happy birthday.

Aggravated indecent assault carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and collected as she testified, looking at the jury as she began describing the assault.

Angela Agrusa claims her line of questioning will show Ms Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged 2004 assault.

Cosby's lawyers have argued that the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual and have cited phone records showing she called the TV star 53 times afterward, including one call that lasted 20 minutes. The former director of women's basketball operations at Temple said Cosby placed her on a couch, touched her breasts, forced her to touch his penis and had other sexual contact with her.

Andrea Constand told a packed Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday that she could feel Bill Cosby's hands on her body, but the drugs in her system would not let her stop him.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", she told prosecutors, according to NBC.

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Cosby is sitting at the end of counsel table as far away from the witness stand as he can get, with his chair positioned lower than the attorney's chairs at the defense table.

Before Tuesday, Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. The case's outcome will likely hinge on whether the jury believes her account, as Cosby himself does not plan to testify.

While many women have reported being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, Constand is the only one for whom the statute of limitations had not expired in 2015, when prosecutors filed charges against the man formerly known as America's dad. Cosby had attended Temple, and Constand had met him when she worked for the women's basketball team. "Of course she was calling him back".

And she trusted him as a friend and mentor. There are a hundred possible reasons, one of which Constand got at in her testimony: She'd been betrayed by an admired friend and wanted answers. She testified that he grabbed her thigh during one instance at his home and attempted to unbutton her trousers in another. But at the time I did not have the courage to tell my family.

"We stand with Andrea Constand and are in awe of her courage", said Lisa Bloom, an attorney for Janice Dickinson, another of Cosby's accusers.

Constand said that when she later called Cosby to ask why he had given her the pills he replied: "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?"

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"She called me at work", the mother testified.

"At some point he sat very close to me and commented on my trousers".

"You hadn't told the officers that previously you had gone to Mr. Cosby's home, and had wine and sat by a fire", Agrusa said. "I just wanted to go home". She said on Tuesday that she felt her continued friendship with Cosby after the alleged assault was important to the school's athletic department. Cosby, after listening to Constand testify for almost four hours, struck a light-hearted note as he left the courthouse. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

Her mother and a lawyer involved in her related worker's compensation case against William Morris could be the first witnesses Tuesday if the judge permits their testimony.

A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.

"This is why rape survivors don't come forward because you paint them as liars", Dr Heldman said.

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