Bill Cosby accuser tells sex assault trial there was no prior romance

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 20, 2017

Constand said she first met Cosby in late 2002, when she was the newly hired director of basketball operations for Temple University's women's basketball program and he was the school's most famous alumnus.

"And I believed he supported numerous athletic programs", Constand said.

On one of those occasions, she said, Cosby tried to unbutton her trousers but she told him, "I'm not here for that". She described being unable to resist Cosby that night after complaining to him that the unidentified pills had made her disoriented. "I wasn't scared of someone making a pass at me". Cosby became a mentor to Constand, and he would sometimes invite her to dinners at his house either alone or with others. Both times, Constand said, she made it clear she didn't welcome the behavior.

Constand's cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday. "I said, 'I'm not here for that, I don't want that'".

Constand acknowledged that she had initially told police that the incident had occurred in mid-March, while during her testimony Tuesday, she said it had happened sometime in approximately January 2004.

"He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted". 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".

She also denied suggestions there was any kind of a romantic relationship between her and Cosby.

"Tell the truth", Constand said.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. "They're your friends; they'll take the edge off".

Instead of telling her, she said he responded, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?"

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According to Radar's courtroom witness, Cosby's defense attorney Angela Agrusa got off to a rocky start, fumbling through phone records in an attempt to illustrate that Constand continued to reach out to the actor several times after the alleged assault.

When the pills kicked in: "I began to slur my words and I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him and I was seeing two of him". "Mr. Cosby stood up and I stood up, 'cause 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".

"She said Mr Cosby asked her to meet her at the Bel-Air Hotel to talk about her career.... I was in no state of mind".

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, told jurors that her daughter was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian's agent.

"I wasn't able to", Constand said. "I wanted it to stop". Constand said the calls mostly concerned the women's basketball team.

"I said, 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed them down", she told the court. "I just wanted to go home".

While Constand had originally come forward in 2005 about the 2004 meeting at Cosby's Pennsylvania home, the Montgomery County district attorney did not seek charges, reportedly due to lack of evidence.

"I don't know what that means", Ms Constand said. "I was on my way home". "The only thing worse than that is the false accusation of sexual assault". Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

Andrea Constand will be back on the stand Wednesday.

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