Cosby Accuser To Resume Testimony In Sex Assault Trial

Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial

Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial

Andrea Constand, whom Cosby is accused of assaulting, took the stand Tuesday as the prosecution's star witness. the former Temple University employee told jurors about a night in 2004 when she said Cosby drugged her at his home outside Philadelphia.

On cross-examination Tuesday, Constand conceded that some things she initially told police - her assertion she had not been alone with Cosby before the alleged assault, for example - were incorrect.

(Photo:Reuters/Brendan McDermid) Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.

During the interview, Constand, according to Mason, recalled "something foreign" in her body during the sexual assault. Those statements included Constand's claim that she had never been alone with Cosby before.

"I wasn't able to", she said.

"I'm not here for that".

"I began to slur my words, and I also told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him, that I could see two of him, and my mouth was very cottony", Constand said.

Constand says she didn't tell anyone what happened out of loyalty to the women's basketball team which she managed at the time. At the same time, Constand said, she was bringing Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance. Constand used to work in the athletics department at Cosby's alma mater Temple University, and she first met him in 2001.

Agrusa contended that, after poring over her phone records, Constand realized she'd placed almost 10 calls to various friends the night of March 16. Constand claims that she replied, "I did not, I just want to know what you gave me", to which Cosby did not give her a clear answer.

She also said she feared Cosby, 79, would "retaliate" by hurting her or her family. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison. Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy "California Suite", which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda.

While Cosby's lawyers hope this will show their client's innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories.

"In one incident in particular, Ms Johnson said, Cosby invited her to the Bel Air Hotel, a very nice hotel in Los Angeles", said Miller, recounting testimony from a deposition Johnson had given in 1996 while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at William Morris.

Cosby, sitting across the courtroom, shook his head as Constand described an encounter at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, after she accepted three blue pills that he promised would help her "relax".

Cosby, who turns 80 in July and is reportedly legally blind, appeared to listen attentively to Constand's testimony, occasionally consulted with his lawyers but did not show any outward reaction.

Constand admitted she did seek out attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases, but she said a lawsuit was not her intent.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. During that call, Cosby avoided any discussion of the incident and instead suggested he would be willing to pay for Constand to attend graduate school.

The defense asked her why she had called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault, to which Constand said they were about the women's basketball team and often during a tournament period, and that "it had more to do with business than it did with me personally". "I said, 'What do I do?' He said, 'Swallow them down.' I said, 'I trust you, ' and I swallowed them down".

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