Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Andrea Constand Continues to Deny Consensual Relationship with Bill Cosby

Andrea Constand Continues to Deny Consensual Relationship with Bill Cosby

If anyone had the notion that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial would be anything but traumatic, reports of what went down in the courtroom today should dispel that pretty quickly. She testified for the prosecution under a Pennsylvania law that permits someone with a claim of sexual assault that was never prosecuted to testify against their alleged assailant in other cases.

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP).

Constand was the sixth witness to take the stand in the trial, and is the woman at the center of the Montgomery County District Attorney's case against Cosby.

Constand said she first met Cosby in late 2002 at a women's basketball game at Temple University in Philadelphia, after being introduced by a donor.

Constand, a former employee at Temple University, has accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her during a visit to his home 13 years ago.

"I said, 'I trust you, '" she said.

His lawyers tried to poke holes in Constand's story, citing differences between her courtroom testimony and the accounts she gave to police and in a lawsuit in 2005. "He didn't want that", Sewell said.

WHAT'S NEXT: Defense lawyers will continue their cross-examination of Constand on Wednesday. Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police, who is trained in sexual assault investigations."She said her legs felt like jelly.I remember her being a little embarrassed as she told the story". She testified that he grabbed her thigh during one instance at his home and attempted to unbutton her trousers in another.

After a series of phone calls, Constand said Cosby began inviting her dinner at his house and other events, such as a jazz concert in NY.

"You knew that Mr. Cosby was married, right?" asked Agrusa.

"I wanted it to stop", Constand said.

"So in the month and days after the alleged assault, you were calling him with a lot of frequency, weren't you?" The 79-year-old entertainer, once known as "America's dad" for his role in the 1980s television series "The Cosby Show", has denied all wrongdoing.

On cross-examination on Monday, McMonagle sharply questioned why Johnson's testimony at the trial differed from an under-oath deposition she had given in 1996 in which she said the alleged assault took place in 1991, not in 1996. "Somewhat of an older figure to me" and said she wasn't scared of him.

Agrusa seized on the seeming contradiction: "You were going to confront the man you say assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?"

Constand perhaps muted the expected attack by acknowledging some initial confusion over just when the encounter occurred. "I also testified I was really nervous and I wasn't able to recall every particular moment I saw Mr. Cosby". Also with him: Frazier's husband, John Atchison, a celebrity hairstylist whose client roster includes Cosby and his wife of more than 50 years, Camille.

Cosby followed up with a phone call with questions about the team and slowly, she testified in court Tuesday, he became her mentor and her friend.

Johnson didn't tell police about the encounter at the time because she wanted to avoid the shame and humiliation directed toward victims of sexual assault who go public, Sewell said. Constand had by the time of the interview with Mason moved back to her native Canada. Temple is Cosby's alma mater, and he was a powerful trustee there at the time.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image on screen and off, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. According to the charging document in the case, Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, noticed, after her daughter moved back to her native Toronto, that her personality and demeanor changed and she suffered from nightmares.

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