GIANFICARO: Believe me, Andrea Constand sounds believable
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 9:25
The primary accuser in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, Andrea Constand, has entered the courtroom in the second day of his trial.
The defense asked her why she had called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault, to which Constand said they were about the women's basketball team and often during a tournament period, and that "it had more to do with business than it did with me personally".
"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move, but I was frozen", she said after describing how Cosby had spent months gaining her trust.
He says she told him and two other investigators that she felt Cosby place "something foreign" in her genitals but wasn't specific.
"I was really scared". After it was over, and she could move her body again, she says she moved into Cosby's kitchen, where he gave her a muffin and some tea, then exited his house without saying anything to him, because "I felt really humiliated, and I was really confused". 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.
Agrusa has suggested that Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault. The other was a voicemail left by Cosby's powerhouse attorney, Marty Singer, asking her mother to call to discuss an "educational fund" for her daughter. Cosby is charged with assaulting a Canadian woman, who also is expected to testify.
Constand told jurors she had only spoken with Cosby a handful of times, all related to her administrative job with the women's basketball program at Temple. Constand claims that Cosby became her mentor and invited her into his home on multiple occasions.
Every accusation but Constand's is too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution and the outcome of trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, hinges on whether jurors are persuaded by her testimony. The gifts, she said, included hats, T-shirts and "some bath salts for him and his wife".
Constand met Cosby at Temple University in Philly where he was one of its most famous alumni and she was director of basketball operations.
Constand said she made it clear she did not welcome the advances.
Cosby is on trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago.
"The next thing I recall is putting my two feet on the ground and feeling my brassiere up higher around my neck and I looked at my watch", she said, wiping a tear away from her left eye.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Johnson has done. Constand then said her legs went numb and she later passed out before she awoke with Cosby sexually assaulting her.