Bill Cosby trial: Accuser says she was 'frozen' after being drugged

Posted June 11, 2017

Bill Cosby's lawyers tried to undermine the account of the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2004, questioning apparent inconsistencies in her statements to police and suggesting she was after money, during proceedings on Wednesday.

Speaking for the first time Tuesday, Andrea Constand told the jury in detail how Comedian Bill Cosby, a man she saw as her mentor, allegedly drugged and violated her.

Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from dozens of women, but Constand's accusation is the only one to lead to criminal charges.

Los Angeles lawyer Angela Agrusa has spent a painstaking hour going over Andrea Constand's old phone records. Constand, 44, lives in Toronto and was 31 when the alleged assault took place.Cosby, 79, has maintained his innocence. I was frozen, and those messages didn't get there."The Reading Eagle typically does not identify victims in sexual assault cases but Constand has come forward publicly and given media outlets permission to identify". She alleged that after several minutes of talking, she began to slur her words and told Cosby she had trouble seeing him. He told a radio station last month that he will not testify, "What people want to say, want you to say, and how they maneuver-yes, I do have lawyers to protect me, "objections, ' 'sustained"-but I just don't want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer as to whether or not I'm opening a can of something lawyers are scrambling".

A few months prior to the incident, the defense said, Constand drove four hours to Foxwood resort in order to meet Cosby after one of his performances.

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Bill Cosby's former Cosby Show co-star, Keshia Knight Pulliam, 38, was seen walking with him and still remembers him as "America's Dad", despite his now tarnished reputation. She says she shot down the actor's casual advances before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills he said were herbal supplements.

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

According to her testimony, Constand said she first met Cosby at a basketball game in the fall of 2002, when she was director of basketball operations at Temple University. Sometime later, she said she awoke when she felt physical contact and realized Cosby touching her sexually.

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.

Constand alleges the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.

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Referring to the actor as "Mr. Cosby" throughout her testimony, Constand admitted she had given him gifts in the past to thank him for invitations to dinner and other events. Cosby is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault around that single encounter with Constand.

Constand sued Cosby in 2005 after prosecutors initially decided not to charge him. Both times, Constand made it clear she didn't welcome his advances, she said. She had told authorities at that time that the attack occurred in March 2004, not January of that year, as she testified Tuesday.

Constand testified Wednesday that wasn't the case.

Constand said she "never got hold of my phone records" before speaking to police.

"There was a lot of confusion trying to put a lot of dates together", Constand said Tuesday.

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