Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Five Takeaways From Day Two
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 11:55
Andrea Constand testified during Bill Cosby's trial Tuesday, saying he gave her pills which made her unconscious and she later woke up to find him groping her and making other forms of sexual contact with her.
Cosby's lawyers have argued that the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual and have cited phone records showing she called the TV star 53 times afterward, including one call several weeks after the alleged assault that lasted 20 minutes.
Constand said that when she later called Cosby to ask why he had given her the pills he replied: "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?"
But moments earlier, under direct examination by Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden, Constand told a story of how Cosby seduced her, drugged her, and assaulted her sexually.
Constand also testified that she returned to Cosby's home after the alleged assault "with the hopes of asking him what the pills were that he gave her".
"I sound like a perverted person", Cosby said, according to Gianna Constand, who called Cosby after she first heard the allegations from her daugher.
Though numerous incidents took place decades ago, Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault for an alleged 2004 incident involving Constand.
A clip of the joke went viral days later, paving the way for a media firestorm in which countless alleged victims of "The Cosby Show" patriarch accused him of sexual assault.
"I was mistaken", Constand testified. Before being asked about how she came to meet Cosby, the prosecution asked her to point Cosby out in the courtroom.
Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
Agrusa tried to show she had lied by pointing out Cosby had made advances on Constand during two dinners.
Demonstrating Constand's awareness of Cosby's romantic interest would have little bearing on whether she gave consent during the interaction in question.
Speaking to "ABC News" on Monday, Pulliam explained that she did not hesitate to appear by Cosby's side. "Of course she was calling him back".
"I was very confused and disoriented", she said.
"Her father didn't want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he had seen other women go through when they went to the police at that time". She testified that their friendship was critical to the school's athletics department where she worked at the time.
Not long after she arrived at his home on the night in question in January 2004 to discuss a career crisis, she alleged that he offered her three pills he said were herbal medication, she said Wednesday.
Agrusa also questioned why Constand allowed herself to be alone with Cosby after the comedian had made advances on two occasions - touching her thigh one time and trying to open her trousers another time.
"The absence of Camille Cosby is noted, usually a person charged with a crime, their spouse comes to show support for them", said attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 Cosby accusers. She says he also apologized.
She said she took two sips of the tea, nibbled the top of the muffin and left.
"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Constand said. Also, Cosby's admission to police that Constand consented to their sexual encounter could be troublesome for him given that Constand is gay.
Instead, she strove to undermine Constand's credibility by focusing on discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the incident.