Cosby Trial, Day 3: Chief accuser denies any prior romance

Constand, 44, took the stand Tuesday and in a quivering voice described how the famed funnyman fed her three blue pills to help her relax at his suburban Philadelphia mansion.

All eyes were on Andrea Constand on the witness stand today, the former Temple University basketball administrator whose call to police set off the criminal charges for which Bill Cosby is on trial.

The defense has highlighted phone records showing that Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her, the AP reports.

Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and he could be jailed for 10 years if convicted. She went on to say that after the drugs took their full effect, Cosby assaulted her by touching her genitals, and placing her hand on his penis. "I wanted it to stop", said Constand, who wiped tears from her eyes at times but for the most part remained composed while being questioned by Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden.

Yesterday marked day two of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial and TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam explained her presence at the trial.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.

Comedian Bill Cosby's trial for sexual assault opened with tearful testimony as prosecutors painted the star as a sexual predator: one who established trust with his alleged victims before incapacitating them with drugs and alcohol.

"I don't know what that means", Constand said. "It was just me and my word against his". I was frozen, and those messages didn't get there.

His lawyers have highlighted "erroneous statements" she made to police.

She returned the next evening and asked what the pills had been but did not get an answer. When Argusa pointed out that she contacted Cosby after the incident, she said she did it for her job, "I thought it would look negative on me and being a representative of coach [Dawn] Staley at the university".

"There was a lot of confusion trying to put a lot of dates together", Constand said Tuesday.

When he asked for her cellphone number and invited her to his house for dinner, she didn't think he had anything romantic in mind.

"It had more to do with business than it did with me personally", she said.

Constand said she did not have the courage at the time to tell her family what had happened, so she just went along with it.

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.

Ms Constand says she later awoke from her drug-induced slumber to find his hands groping her breasts and his fingers penetrating her.

"The only thing that is worse than [sexual assault] is the false accusation of sexual assault", McMonagle said, adding that false allegations can "destroy a man's life".

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning television star and comedian of being a serial sexual predator for decades, ending his career and leaving him isolated by friends and celebrities. It seemed to be an affectionate - yet suggestive - touch, she said. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

Johnson told a similar story in 1996, when she gave sworn testimony in a deposition attached to a workers' compensation claim. I also told Mr. Cosby I had trouble seeing him. It was late, so she left, but they would continue to see each other, including two trips to New York City and a trip to the Foxwoods Casino in CT.

  • Salvatore Jensen