Cosby trial: Andrea Constand 'frozen in sex attack'

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

More than 50 women have claimed that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them - allegations he has roundly denied - but thanks to the statues of limitations in various states, only one of his accusers was able to bring him to court.

On the night of the alleged assault in January of 2004, Constand claims that Cosby gave her three pills, leading her to believe they were "herbal", and saying, "They're your friends".

Lawyers Angela Agrusa, Fortunato N. Perri, Jr. and Brian McMonagle (L-R) arrive ahead of their client Bill Cosby on the second day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 6, 2017. "And I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth", Constand testified, according to Billy Penn. Constand said she initially remained silent about the incident because she felt "an element of fear".

Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify at Cosby's sexual assault trial. No one was in the room with Cosby and Constand on the night in question; it's a he-said, she-said issue.

The whole scandal was rekindled in 2014 when comedian Hannibal Buress reportedly accused Cosby of being a rapist during one of his comedy shows in Philadelphia. 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". Constand knew he was well connected and said she felt humiliated and confused. The trial on charges that Cosby allegedly assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004 opened June 5 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

Standing at a podium, the lawyer painstakingly reviewed Constand's phone records and police statements, hoping to show she changed her mind about the date of the alleged assault and gave authorities an incomplete picture of her friendship with the TV star. However, he said they had a consensual, romantic relationship. Sometime later, she said she awoke when she felt physical contact and realized Cosby touching her sexually.

If Cosby is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. On Tuesday, in a Pennsylvania courtroom, she told her story publicly for the first time. "I don't want that", Constand recalled telling him.

In 2016, after an avalanche of sexual assault allegations and details from depositions during Constand's civil suit against Cosby (he settled with her) were released, Montgomery County prosecutors reopened their case against Cosby and arrested him for indecent assault.

"She called me at work", the mother testified. I said, 'What are they? Mr. Cosby stood up, and I stood up because he said, 'You probably need to relax, ' and when I stood up my legs were not strong, and I began to panic a little bit.

Constand said she was going to confront Cosby about the assault during an event he was hosting at his home for high school students.

Before Tuesday, Ms Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. Montgomery County detectives? Surely there wasn't enough time left in the day for Constand to be questioned by the prosecution and the defense.

In his opening statement, Cosby's defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, said, "Sexual assault is a awful crime".

She said she took two sips of the tea, nibbled the top of the muffin and left.

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