Cosby's accuser enters court for long-awaited confrontation

Posted June 07, 2017

Johnson is the only other accuser allowed to testify at Cosby's trial on charges he assaulted another woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Her lawyers - Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz - were seated in the courtroom gallery on Tuesday, their first appearance since the trial began.

The mother of a female witness who testified Monday that Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her testified Tuesday that her daughter was depressed and anxious after the comedian allegedly "intimidated" her into taking a drug at the Bel-Air Hotel in 1996. I had this fight-or-flight response; I fought.

In 2015, Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a decade-old accusation from Andrea Constand.

In July 2015, when portions of Cosby's deposition in the civil lawsuit were ordered released for the first time, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office re-opened a criminal investigation into the 10-year-old case, prompting the charges.

Sewell said it was only later that she learned the specifics of their encounter. She lost her ability to take risks with friendships.

She said she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber. When she was lying down, Cosby took her hand and placed it on his penis.

"I was mistaken", Constand said, referring to the type of meal they had.

ALLYN: Right. So the whole time Cosby was sitting at a table with his other lawyers.

Bill Cosby betrayed a woman who trusted him so that he could "sexually pleasure himself", prosecuting lawyers told a court. As Feden detailed Cosby's alleged assault against Constand - Feden framed the case as one of trust, betrayal and the inability to consent - Valentino nodded in agreement.

McMonagle argued that there was no dinner with friends - Constand went to Cosby's home for career advice - and they spoke on the phone 72 times after the assault, with Constand initiating 53 of the calls.

"Yes, of course", she said. Constand sued Cosby and settled.

"I remember him being behind me, making those grunting sounds", she testified. Her emotional testimony was meant to persuade jurors that Cosby demonstrated a pattern of behavior when he allegedly attacked Ms Constand in 2004. "She didn't want to do that". Sometime during the court proceedings, Constand, 44, will be giving her side of the story.

"It was a very big burden on me, but". When she declined to do so, he "dismissed" her, Johnson said.

Constand said she continued to have contact with Cosby because she felt she had to discuss Temple as part of her job. "You will never see Mr. Cosby under oath running from anything".

Constand's cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday.

Johnson told jurors Monday that Cosby used his fame and influence to pressure her to take a pill that made her feel "underwater" and unable to resist his advances.

A former Temple University employee, Constand said Cosby had taken her under his wing and approached her as a mentor - only to later invite her over to his Cheltenham house, offer her drugs, and take advantage of her when she could not resist.

Initially, according to Sewell, she and her husband were only under the impression that their daughter had been drugged. She told jurors that Johnson 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.

"Why Camille is not here is something only Camille can comment on and she has chosen not to do so", Allred said.

Constand, her mother and a forensic toxicologist will testify at the trial.

Miller said he and Johnson's lawyers agreed not to produce a transcript and to try to settle the case.

That same year, Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby's wife on the series, publicly defended him in an interview with ABC news, even as more women were coming forward with allegations of assault.