Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Five Takeaways From Day Two

Jun 11, 2017, 09:33
Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Five Takeaways From Day Two

Actor Bill Cosby (left) is escorted outside Montgomery County Courtroom during a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault trial on 3 April 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The defense resumed its cross-examination of Andrea Constand one day after she broke her long public silence about Cosby by testifying that the comedian gave her three blue pills and then assaulted her as she lay paralyzed, unable to tell him to stop.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said phone records show a consistent pattern of Andrea Constand checking her voicemail and then calling Cosby in the two months after the January 2004 encounter.

Constand between Tuesday and Wednesday has logged some six hours on the witness stand and is expected to return for more cross examination when court reconvenes after the lunch break.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

"The lights were dim and the fire was going", the lawyer continued. She said after taking the pills, "I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him".

"I don't know what that means", answered Constand.

She also stated that she feared what Cosby might do if she came forward with her accusations.

The accuser also recollected the moments when Cosby tried to physically assault her.

"He was somebody I trusted, a mentor and somewhat of an older figure to me", she explained to the seven-man, five-woman jury.

Both were more restrained in their reactions to her testimony than they were on Tuesday, when Cosby smiled at some of the more emotional points of her testimony and McMonagle shook his head and mouthed the word "Wow" when she spoke of one of the times Cosby allegedly came onto her and she rebuffed him.

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The defense lawyer sought to show that Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged assault.

Constand said she returned to his home after the alleged incident to ask him what type of pills he had given her, but claimed he was "evasive", so she left. Tearfully, she said she felt humiliated and confused after she drove away from Cosby's estate the next morning.

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Leaving his home later, she said she did not initially report the alleged assault out of loyalty to the basketball team she managed, of which Cosby was a trustee. Throughout all the questioning, she has consistently said there was no sexual contact on that prior occasion.

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Toward the end of her testimony, Constand stopped and broke down, wiping tears from her eyes.

79-year-old Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, which he denies.

"No, I was reclining with my elbow with my feet off the bed", Constand replied. "I said, 'What are they?"

As he became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, Constand said, his actions evolved, including once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers.

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.

Constand got "aggressive" and "rude" with him on the phone like a concerned mother, she said, because she thought Cosby was "manipulating" the truth. The charges were lodged against Cosby before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.

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