Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand testifies
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 7:02
Cosby "used his power and his fame and his previously practiced method of placing a young, trusting woman into an incapacitated state so that he could sexually pleasure himself", she concluded.
Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County courthouse Tuesday with his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.
Bernard guest starred as a pregnant Mrs. Minifield on the "Cosby Show" in 1984 as shown in the video. "I remember wanting to pull up my dress and wanting to cover myself, but not being able to", Johnson said.
Constand claims she and Bill were friends and the night at his home, she was given wine and pills.
Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and collected as she testified, looking at the jury as she began describing the assault.
Bill Cosby pictured with his wife of 50 years, Camille Cosby who has defended him against the sexual assault allegations Who is Camille Crosby and what has she said about the accusations against her husband? A few minutes later, "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", Constand testified, according to a report from Billy Penn. Cosby then penetrated her with his hand and also placed her hand on his penis and moved it back and forth, she said.
She continued that she felt "humiliated" and "confused" after the alleged incident.
"Cosby, sitting across the room at the defense table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head".
Johnson said Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill that knocked her out.
Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago, with a prosecutor warning the jury not to fall into the trap of confusing the 79-year-old comedian with the beloved family man he played on TV. Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged. She testified that she woke up later in her home with no recollection of getting there.
The tack of the Cosby legal team was apparent in its questioning of Sewell, Johnson's mother, and in its Monday cross-examination of Johnson herself. "Just being around a lot of people made her uncomfortable".
Ferrier said she got a message back - the last time she had heard from Constand: "From now on it's going to be incredibly hard to speak to you".
In the fall of 2015, as Ferrier fought to end the statute of limitations in Colorado, and Montgomery County prosecutors were reopening a Cosby-Constand investigation that had been shuttered by a previous district attorney, Ferrier said she wrote to Constand and told her: "Open it up".
"I said what are they - are they natural?"
"At some point he sat very close to me and commented on my trousers. She was crying. She was telling me, 'Mommy, I don't know what is going on, but they're telling lies about me'". Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa also pressed Constand on why she stayed in contact with Cosby afterward.
This is the second time Andrea Constand has brought Cosby to court. Prosecutors opened their case on Monday by calling another woman, Kelly Johnson, to the stand to show that the TV star made a habit of giving women pills to knock them out and then molesting them.
Constand and Johnson are the only Cosby accusers expected to testify during the two-week trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Johnson said Cosby had encouraged her to take a pill, her mother recalled, and looked under her tongue to make sure she swallowed it.
Earlier Tuesday, another prosecution witness, Pattrice Sewell, testified in support of her daughter's sexual-assault allegations against the entertainer.
Joseph Miller, a workers' compensation lawyer, testified Tuesday he was taken aback when Johnson said she had been drugged and violated by Cosby.
"She had changed considerably", Sewell said.
"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.