Cosby told police accuser was conscious
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 12:29
"A jury that heard seven hours of testimony from a woman who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her may soon hear from Cosby himself â€" even if he doesn't take the stand. Prosecutors are expected to show jurors an earlier deposition in which Cosby said that he routinely gave women pills and alcohol before sexual encounters and gave at least one of them quaaludes, a now-banned sedative.
He offered a freakish version of what happened the night Constand says he drugged and sexually assaulted her-saying that he gave Constand one and a half Benadryls (the well-known side effects of which include sleepiness) and claiming that after taking them, she suddenly wanted to have sex with him.
After taking the pills, Cosby says they began "petting", which is what he calls "touching and kissing with clothes on", and after that he went to bed-alone-and left her on the couch.
In the interview, Cosby says Andrea Constand showed no ill effects from the one-and-a-half Benadryl pills he gave her to help her relax, and that she never objected to his behavior.
It was not the first time that Cosby's team had tried to discredit Constand's account.
In his deposition, Cosby said he embarked on a romantic pursuit of Constand after seeing her at a basketball game.
Constand didn't go to police until January 2005.
Cosby, now 79, acknowledges in the deposition from Constand's related lawsuit that he gave her three blue pills before fondling her breast and penetrating her with his fingers.
Constand also initially told detectives she had no phone contact with Cosby after the alleged incident. As Schaffer recounted Thursday, then-District Attorney Bruce Castor closed the investigation in 2005, due to the fact that police decided both parties "could be held in less than a flattering light".
Temple didn't respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors are expected to show jurors the candid statements he made about giving accuser Andrea Constand three unmarked pills in 2004 before engaging in sex acts with her. "He had never disclosed to me that he had affection for me", Constand replied levelly.
The newspaper does not normally identify victims of sex crimes without their consent but is using Constand's name because she has identified herself publicly. He said "no" when asked if he ever, in that first week, he had expressed his desire to have a romantic relationship with her.
"Did she tell you to stop?" Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges, insisting their sexual contact was consensual, and has denied similar allegations from more than 60 women.
Cosby also discussed with police a January 2005 phone conversation with Constand and her mother, Gianna Constand, in which the mother confronted Cosby about the alleged medication he had given her daughter and the alleged assault a year prior, Schaffer said. She has said she felt compelled to do so because she was director of women's basketball operations at Temple University and he was a powerful trustee there.
"We believe that this tells a very interesting story about what the heck is going on here", defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill, according to the transcript.
The defense attorney further grilled Schaffer on phone records, pointing out that some calls from Constand to Cosby appear unprovoked by any voicemail message, including several calls on Valentine's Day 2004. These documents were under seal but came out, briefly, after related court records were made public, before swiftly being put under a seal by Cosby's legal team.