Bill Cosby Accuser to Resume Testimony in Sex Assault Trial

Posted June 08, 2017

Agrusa asked, her voice rising. "This man was a trustee at Temple".

Agrusa resumed grilling Constand on Wednesday, asserting that Constand's account in court differed from what she told authorities in 2005, giving a different date for the encounter with Cosby than she had originally reported. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser says she shot down the actor's casual advances twice before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills he said were herbal supplements. Afterward, Constand said she felt "humiliated and confused" and "just wanted to go home", but doesn't remember the details of the morning after the alleged assault before she left Cosby's home.

Earlier on Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Patrice Sewell, recounted how her daughter described waking up next to Cosby on his bed.

Flashing a nervous smile, she testified about all of her meetings with the now 79-year-old Cosby.

After more than 10 years of silence, Andrea Constand finally told her story. Prosecutors will need to persuade jurors that Constand - who says she chose to file a criminal complaint because she was having nightmares about the incident - made innocent mistakes when calling police a year after the assault allegedly occurred.

The defense gets another crack at Constand on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story. He fell asleep and she left the room, she testified. Surely she's not claiming the drug she took continued to leave her powerless during six dozen follow-up chats. "We have a collective imagination of all of the characters they portray and, because of that, we think that we really know them", Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said.

"You hadn't told the officers that previously you had gone to Mr. Cosby's home, and had wine and sat by a fire", Agrusa said.

Shortly thereafter, Constand said, she became dizzy and was feeling disoriented. Cosby grinned at the defense table as she struggled to explain them.

The defense has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women's basketball team, especially around tournament time. "If she wanted to do that, then I would be willing to. pay for the schooling".

Constand's testimony represents the first time she has spoken out publicly about the incident.

It was January 2004 and she was discussing a possible career change with Cosby, who had been mentoring her. Cosby's attorneys have said the pills he gave Constand were Benadryl and that their sexual activity was consensual.

Defense attorneys are trying to poke holes in Constand's credibility by detailing her conflicting statements about when the alleged incident happened and also by noting that Constand contacted private attorneys before going to police in 2005.

Referring to the actor as "Mr. Cosby" throughout her testimony, Constand admitted she had given him gifts in the past to thank him for invitations to dinner and other events.

His legal team said he had only offered Ms Constand Quaaludes - a sedative widely used recreationally in the U.S. in the 1970s - after she complained of having trouble sleeping. Prosecutors hope her testimony will show that Cosby had a pattern of assaulting women after befriending them. His proceeding must focus narrowly on whether there's reasonable doubt he assaulted Constand. She clarified today that Cosby had called and invited her to his Pennsylvania house for dinner.

Hours later, she called Cosby again, and after not reaching him, it was then she filed a police report.

Ms Johnson testified on Monday that the comedian had drugged and assaulted her when she worked for the William Morris Agency in 1996.

The defense has argued Johnson was sacked for other reasons, including violating the company policy on dating clients.

Wyatt - who is regularly seen at court hearings by Cosby's side, guiding him by the bicep in and out of the courthouse and helping him into his vehicle - is one of the comedian's staunchest defenders.

The Cosby camp and the commonwealth's camp have already and will continue trotting out witness upon witness in this legal tug of war on display before the jury.