Bill Cosby to accuser Andrea Constand's mother: 'Mom, she had an orgasm'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 21:22
Constand wrapped up her testimony at 3 p.m. Wednesday after hours of being aggressively questioned about the calls - as well as other matters -by Cosby defense attorney Angela Agrusa during her second day on the witness stand.
Agrusa has suggested that Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault. "There was a nice mood.", Agrusa began, paraphrasing Constand's 2005 statement to police.
"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Ms Constand said.
When Constand spoke the Cheltenham police over the phone on January 22, however, she changed her story, saying she was not assaulted after the dinner.
Her testimony came a day after another woman who has accused Cosby of sex assault, Kelly Johnson, told the jury that he had given her an unidentified pill before sexually assaulting her.
"You said 'allowed, '" Constand responded.
Breaking down in tears, she told the courtroom, "They were good friends".
Constand was calm, direct and polite under cross-examination, even when Agrusa's questioning grew pointed and accusatory. Believing that she had taken herbal supplements to help relax, Contand said that she did not and could not consent, and that when she woke up the next morning her bra was undone and clothes were disheveled.
"In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", she said.
"You're coming to the man that assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?" she said.
Ms Constand says she went to his home to seek career advice after coming to regard the pioneering black comedian, movie actor and television star as a mentor.
Agrusa also asked Constand about accepting a $225 blowdryer from Cosby and changing her hairstyle.
Speaking outside the court she said: "It was off and it rang".
(Constand initially told investigators in Canada that the assault had occurred the first time she was alone with him, though later she told authorities in Cheltenham that she and the entertainer had developed a friendship.) "So you knew ... that Mr. Cosby was interested in you romantically?"
At the time, Constand was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia and Cosby was on the school's Board of Trustees, so she felt compelled to call him back, she testified.
Phone records showed Andrea Constand called Cosby 53 times between January 20, 2004, days after she said the assault occurred, and March 31, 2004, when she left Temple University, including twice on Valentine's Day. Or succumb to her defense portrayal as a woman who encouraged Cosby's romantic overtures?
Constand got "aggressive" and "rude" with him on the phone like a concerned mother, she said, because she thought Cosby was "manipulating" the truth.
Lili Bernard, a former Cosby Show actress who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault, showed up in court in support of Constand.
Wednesday's questioning got off to a ponderous start as Agrusa pored over phone records showing Constand's 53 calls to Cosby in the months after she says he molested her.
Returning to the phone logs, Feden pointed out that in nearly every case the calls Constand placed to Cosby came after she had checked her voicemail - a pattern that bolstered her claim she was merely returning messages from Cosby, the prosecutor said. "I've never heard of Benadryl affecting someone like that", she said. Temple is Cosby's alma mater, and he was a powerful trustee there at the time. About half an hour latershe had trouble talking and difficulty moving and was suffering double vision. In his opening statement, the defense attorney Brian McMonagle called Constand and Cosby's relationship "romantic".
Allred represents more than a dozen of the 50-plus women who have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.
Cosby has been accused of assault by dozens of women, but the charges in this trial deal exclusively with Constand's accusations.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.