Cosby's accuser says she was drugged, groped; "I was frozen"
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:43
The woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault acknowledged on Wednesday that she called the comedian dozens of times in the months after the incident, including multiple calls on Valentine's Day, but batted away suggestions of romance.
The next time she visited Cosby's home, to discuss her future with the women's basketball team, Constand said the pills Cosby gave her left her incapacitated as he grabbed her breast and touched her genitals.
"So once you got ahold of your phone records and realized you could not have been passed out and unconscious, you changed your story", Agrusa asked.
The admission came as Cosby's lawyers worked to undermine the account of Andrea Constand, who says the entertainer drugged and abused her at his Philadelphia-area home in January 2004. Another time, she said, Cosby tried to undo her trousers but took his hand away when she leaned forward and told him: "I'm not here for that. I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth", she told prosecutors, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move, but I was frozen. Constand says the pills made it hard for her to see and caused her to slur her speech, and when she told Cosby about that, he led her to a sofa and began groping her.
Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which carry up to 10 years each.
She says the pioneering black comedian, whom she considered a mentor, gave her three pills and wine before sexually assaulting her on his couch after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers.
At the same time, she said, Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive - grabbing her thigh during one encounter at his home and attempting to unbutton her trousers in another.
But the 44-year-old Constand brushed aside the broadsides like a courtroom pro, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
At this point, Constand claims she "lost consciousness again", waking around 4AM, at which point Cosby offered her "a muffin and tea". She viewed him like a father. "I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself because I felt that if I went to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me". She previously testified that Cosby made sexual advances that night, which she said she rebuffed.
She recalled she was "propped up" on her elbows watching Cosby as he seemed to doze off.
"He looked at me and said, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?'" she said".
Specifically, lawyers who specialize in sexual-assault lawsuits.
In a society that often labels sexual assault victims "liars" and "gold-diggers", Constand's testimony is an important reminder that coming forward and sharing your story can send a strong message to others, inspiring them to do the same.
She said she was never alone with Cosby except for the night of the sexual assault, but she testified earlier they had been alone numerous times. He said he could not read the prescription bottle, Gianna Constand testified, so he agreed to write it down and send it to her.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges, insisting their sexual contact was consensual, and has denied similar allegations from 60 women. I felt really humiliated. "So I just went along with them".