Bill Cosby denies drugging sexual assault accuser, says he gave her Benadryl

Andrea Constand has said Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 while she was working for Temple University's women's basketball team.

On Tuesday and Wednesday (June 6-7), jurors heard compelling testimony from the woman who has accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her, Andrea Constand.

"She's seldom emotional", said Bernard, who had sat in the back of the courtroom wearing a "We stand in truth" button and holding pink gladioluses in solidarity with Constand.

"If it's a well-known person, the victim takes on a lot of responsibility for that person's reputation, especially if that person is well-liked or beloved, " Veronique Valliere testified. In a potential shift in strategy, Cosby's team has now opened the door to putting the longtime comedian on the stand to defend himself - something they had not meant to do at the trial's start.

According to the defense, detectives discovered that Cosby's accuser, Andrea Constand, had a relationship with an unidentified "male celebrity athlete" while authorities investigated claims that Cosby molested her a year earlier.

McMonagle went on to demand that Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declare a mistrial based on the nature of the expert witness' testimony. On Monday, the defense is slated to begin what is expected to be a very short presentation. However, that closed door swung open somewhat, as Cosby's spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters, "Nothing is ever off the table in a trial of this magnitude".

In 2015, a judge unsealed portions of the deposition in response to a request from The Associated Press.

Cosby, however, is available to speak, moored to the end of a long brown defense table, shifting in his chair, and, rather curiously, appearing to review files and documents despite his claim he's almost blind. Mr Cosby maintains the pills were Benadryl; the defence has suggested they may have been something stronger.

Whether Constand's testimony will resonate with the jury in the way the prosecution hopes remains to be seen - experts were debating the matter after court adjourned for the day. He said Cosby told wife Camille to stay away from the courthouse so she wouldn't have to endure the "media circus".

The final prosecution witness, toxicologist Dr. Timothy Rohrig, testified that wooziness and other effects Constand described could have been caused by Benadryl or quaaludes.

Cosby said he obtained seven prescriptions for the drug, a central-nervous-system-depressant that became illegal in the United States in 1984, from a Los Angeles doctor in the 1970s.

Cosby also said in the deposition he refused to tell Constand or her mother what type of pills he gave her during a phone call in 2005 because he did not trust their intentions.

More than 50 women have said Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases. Constand testified this week that the pills Cosby gave her prevented her from articulating that she didn't consent or physically removing herself from the situation.

She said feelings of self-blame and confusion are exacerbated if intoxicants are involved. Torry and fellow actor and comedian Lewis Dix showed up in support of Cosby on Thursday, one day after actress Sheila Frazier and her hairstylist husband, John Atchison, arrived with the entertainer. "Just as he got to the door, I was going, 'How do we get out of here, how do we get home?' He said, 'Call a cab'".

  • Zachary Reyes