Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

The then-30-year-old director of women's basketball at Temple University - where Cosby was serving on the board of trustees - said she had asked the television star if the pills were herbal, and that he indicated they were.

"No, I was not", said Constand, who held firm and maintained her composure in the face of a withering cross-examination for the second straight day in Cosby's sexual assault trial. "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move and my legs to move, but I was frozen", she added.

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. She says he drugged her - leaving her nearly paralyzed - and then molested her.Cosby, once beloved by American audiences as the dad in the long-running TV hit "The Cosby Show" is not charged in the Johnson incident.

"They're your friends", she recalled him saying when he handed her the pills.

She told the court she felt "really humiliated" after the alleged attack.

In Tuesday's testimony, Constand described how her professional relationship with Cosby evolved into a friendship. Her deposition taken during that lawsuit is still reportedly sealed.

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More than 50 women have said that Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases.

Bill Cosby arrived for the third day of his sexual assault trial accompanied by one of his co-stars from his 1970s movie run. He told a radio station last month that he will not testify, "What people want to say, want you to say, and how they maneuver-yes, I do have lawyers to protect me, "objections, ' 'sustained"-but I just don't want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer as to whether or not I'm opening a can of something that.my lawyers are scrambling". He is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Constand's mother followed her on the stand and bolstered her account. She awakened to find Cosby groping her and penetrating her with his hand. Cosby, whose attorneys said is legally blind, is not expected to testify.

Constand, who was 30 at the time, was at Cosby's Elkins Park home to discuss new professional opportunities. He said she testified in 1996 about going to Cosby's home after the alleged assault, but Johnson testified Monday that encounter happened beforehand. During one of those subsequent conversations, Constand said, Cosby was evasive when she asked him about the type of pills he'd given her.

While Cosby's lawyers have always argued that the sex that took place between Constand and Cosby was consensual, Constand's testimony in court on Tuesday paints a very different picture. Cosby told her the pills would help her relax, take the edge off. While Cosby's lawyers hope this will show their client's innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories.

Prosecutors played a recording of the call, in which Cosby offered to pay for Constand's education. One of the incidents she mentioned was their meeting at Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT, wherein he tried to unzip her trousers. Allyn reports that the woman was subjected to a tough cross-examination by Cosby's attorney, who attempted to show that her memory was incorrect. After the meal, Constand was called back to Cosby's room, where they lay side-by-side on his bed for approximately 10 minutes, legs touching, according to testimony. He said Ms Johnson made the disclosure while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at the William Morris Agency. "A mentor", she said.

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