Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 19:54
Obviously in all that time I'm not one to let a situation go and so I kept harping at him, and when he realized the game was over and there was no manipulating...
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele pinched the bridge of his nose and stared at the table as Constand gave the response.
But Constand says she never got the records from Temple University for the work-issued phone.
She originally said the alleged assault took place on March 16, 2004 and initially failed to disclose other meetings with Cosby.
The approach led to a somewhat freakish courtroom sequence in which Agrusa tried to play up the romantic qualities of Cosby and Constand's earlier encounters while Constand played them down. "This man was a trustee at Temple". "She thought of him as a mentor, a father". Agrusa asked, referring to their first dinner. Perpetrators of sexual assault don't look or act a certain way, nor are they only "scary strangers" as media portrayals might lead people to believe. Constand says the mood was friendly and the room light enough to eat.
Just a day earlier, Constand had spoken publicly for the first time about the night she says Cosby drugged her with three blue pills at his Cheltenham mansion and took advantage of her when she passed out.
But by the time she left the witness stand Wednesday, after more than six hours of pointed defense grilling over two days, Constand had held firm.
At the same time, she said, Mr Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive - grabbing her thigh at his home and attempting to unbutton her trousers another time.
"I was either returning a phone call or picking up a voicemail then calling him back", Constand said. After briefly losing consciousness, she regained it as Cosby was touching her private parts, she testified. Constand was the director of operations for the women's basketball team at the time of the alleged assault in 2004.
The situations became questionable when it was clear that Constand would return to his home after denying his attempts.
She said she noticed changes in her daughter after she came home. He then apologized to Andrea and her mother, Gianna Constand said.
Describing the reaction of a concerned mother, a sometimes tearful Gianna Constand told a jury she was distraught when her daughter, Andrea, confided in her that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by actor Bill Cosby.
At one point, Gianna Constand turned and stared at Cosby, who was leaning back in his chair, with his eyes closed.
"They were good friends". The defense questioning focused on the jumbled set of details she related to police in interviews. By the late afternoon, Agrusa was trying to probe inconsistencies between her testimony and what she told police when she reported a crime in 2005.
Constand did not report the alleged January 2004 assault to authorities until January 2005, after she returned home to Canada and after she told her mother. Therese Serignese, one of dozens who've alleged Cosby molested them decades ago, walks outside the courtroom during lunch break at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesd.
"My reaction was, I was very upset and angry", she told the courtroom.
"He admitted he was a sick man", Gianna Constand said. She insisted the relationship was strictly professional.
Some 60 women have come forward to allege that Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.
The famed attorney, who represents a small army of Cosby accusers, including one who testified as a "prior bad acts" witness Monday, got bounced from the comedian's proceeding after her cell phone started ringing.
It was new set of prosecutors that brought charges against Cosby in 2015. The charges were lodged against Cosby before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.