Accuser called Bill Cosby more than 50 times after assault: defense
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 10:35
Constand said she began to feel the effects of the pills about 30 minutes later.
Constand said the two continued their conversation, and alleged that although she told Cosby she didn't want to drink wine, he persuaded her.
"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "I remember wanting to pull up my dress and wanting to cover myself, but not being able to", Johnson said.
He's denied attacking the former Temple University employee in his home outside of Philadelphia, claiming they had a consensual sexual relationship. If he's convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three felony counts and up to $25,000 in fines. He said Johnson made the disclosure while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job.
"I felt him take his hand, put it on his penis and move it back and forth", she alleged. During cross examination, Cosby's lawyers tried poking holes in Constand's story, pointing out inconsistencies in her story.
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. 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.
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.
David Mason, a Canadian detective trained to respond to sexual assaults, testified that on 13 January 2005, he took a statement from Andrea Constand. "Mr. Cosby stood up, and I stood up". He also placed her hands on his genitals.
"Mr. Cosby looked at me and said 'I thought you had an orgasm?"
It wasn't immediately clear how soon she would take the stand.
Defense attorney Angela Agrusa suggested that Constand invited Cosby's romantic overtures because she hoped it would help her professional development.
"We have suffered the consequences of his actions all of our lives", she said. Mr. Cosby stood up, and I stood up because he said, 'You probably need to relax, ' and when I stood up my legs were not strong, and I began to panic a little bit.
Ms Constand, 44, was director of basketball operations at Temple University, where Mr Cosby served on the board of trustees at the time of the alleged assault in January 2004.
"I said, 'I'm not here for that".
Constand has yet to take the stand against Cosby, and the comedian himself is not expected to testify. Miller, who represented William Morris in that case, said that he and an attorney for Johnson decided at the time not to prepare a transcript, because of the sensitivity of Johnson's testimony.
Cosby led her to a couch and she passed out, she said.
About half an hour later, Constand said, she had trouble talking and difficulty moving and was suffering double vision.
On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, told jurors that her daughter was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian's agent.
Constand was dubious. So many, she asked?
She said she saw a jumble of prescription drug bottles in Cosby's bathroom. "He didn't want that", Ms Sewell said. If the jury believes her, Cosby may be cooked. Johnson was allowed to testify as prosecutors seek to establish the alleged assault was part of a pattern. It brought to the fore an accuser who had been shrouded in shadow, and seized back a cultural text that, with the accusations leveled at Bill O'Reilly and the boasts made by Donald Trump, many felt had too often focused on the aggressor instead of the aggrieved.
Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle on Monday questioned why Johnson waited 19 years to come forward with her allegations and didn't speak to police until 2016.