Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

19 June, 2017, 05:15 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Cosby was accompanied by Cosby Show co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam on the trial's first day

Constand then said her legs went numb and she later passed out before she awoke with Cosby sexually assaulting her.

"I'm not here for that", she recalled telling him.

In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move, but I was frozen. "I was very limp and wasn't able to fight in any way".

Cosby, 79, is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

Constand also testified that the comedian had touched her inappropriately prior to that night, telling the court that he "commented on my trousers and touched the side of my waist and took his hand and attempted to unbutton my button".

Defense attorneys were quick to assert that the elder Constand had misconstrued the conversation, which contained graphic details, and said Cosby had asked the younger Constand to "tell the truth" about the encounter. However, she claims that once she got there, Cosby gave her three pills with a glass of wine.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.McMonagle took aim at Constand's credibility, focusing on inconsistencies in her accounts to police in 2005. Cosby, a university trustee, followed the athletics department closely, she said.

So far, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse the former Cosby Show actor of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

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Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning television star and comedian of being a serial sexual predator for decades, ending his career and leaving him isolated by friends and celebrities. Constand then sued Cosby in civil court, ultimately settling for an undisclosed amount. Some time later, she says, she woke up half-naked in the bed in his hotel room. Cosby has denied all the charges and is not expected to take the stand.

Constand claimed on a later date she confronted Cosby to try to determine what pills he had provided to her.

"I wanted it to stop", 44-year-old Constand told the second day of the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania about the evening in question. Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify. They also asked why she continued to speak with Cosby multiple times after the night in question. 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.

She said Cosby told her, "I thought you had an orgasm". "D$3 efense attorneys have proof, including Constand's later interviews with police, in which she describes private meals with the entertainer before January 2004 and a visit to his hotel room at a CT casino".

The defence, however, tried to poke holes in Ms Johnson's story, asking why she had previously said under oath that the assault occurred in 1991, not 1996. In 2004, he invited her to his mansion in Pennsylvania and promptly gave her three "herbal" pills, instructing her to "swallow them down" and saying that they were her "friends".

The testimony of Ms Sewell - and of Joseph Miller, who represented the William Morris Agency when Ms Johnson filed a workers compensation claim against them - largely supported Ms Johnson's testimony.

Cosby arrived at the courthouse Wednesday accompanied by actress Sheila Frazier, who starred with him in the 1978 comedy "California Suite".

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