Andrea Constand takes stand, tells jury Bill Cosby drugged & sexually assaulted her

According to reports, Cosby watched Constand's testimony with his "head in his hands", shook his head, looked "glum", and "rolled his eyes". "I also told Mr. Cosby I (had) trouble seeing him", she said.

Damage Control?: The prosecution introduced into evidence two calls Cosby's team made after Constand and her mother confronted him about the the encounter in question.

She said while she worked at Temple University she got to know the comedian over the course of 16 months, and in January 2004 he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Elkins Park home in suburban Philadelphia.

Constand met Cosby at Temple University in Philly where he was one of its most famous alumni and she was director of basketball operations.

The woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault has denied any prior romance between them.

Cosby, who's been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent stemming from his alleged conduct with Constand, has been accused by dozens of women, many of whom claim that he drugged and sexually assaulted them, though this is the only criminal case that the comedian faces. While Cosby's lawyers hope this will show their client's innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories. Buress did not know it at the time, but the joke would make him an immediate household name - and it simultaneously changed the lives of almost 50 women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them.

Angela Agrusa, an attorney for Mr Cosby, grilled Ms Sewell on her account of the alleged incident, suggesting she may have heard the story during a television appearance in 2015 instead of 1996 after it allegedly occurred.

Afterward, Constand said, "I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused".

Agrusa also questioned why Constand allowed herself to be alone with Cosby after the comedian had made advances on two occasions - touching her thigh one time and trying to open her trousers another time.

"I said, 'I trust you, '" she said.

Constand said it took her a year to go to police because she felt intimidated. "He said, 'I apologize to Andrea and I apologize to you'".

The 79-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. "And I felt him take my hand, place it on his penis and move it back and forth", she told court.

Cosby, who is present for the trial but will not testify, reportedly appeared to be shaking his head "no" during Constand's testimony.

"She told the jury she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber".

Constand testified that Cosby gave her three blue pills to help her relax during a 2004 visit to his Pennsylvania home. Only in Constand's case has Cosby been charged.

Almost 60 other women have made historical allegations against the actor, but Ms Constand's case is the only one that has made it to trial. "And it was sometime between 4 and 5 [a.m.] and I needed to get home because I had to go to work".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual-assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

"Why Camille is not here is something only Camille can comment on and she has chosen not to do so", Allred said.

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