Bill Cosby’s accuser faces tough questions in court

Bill Cosby’s accuser faces tough questions in court

Gianna Constand, Andrea Constand’s mother, told a Pennsylvania jury that she had a 2-1/2-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter told her about the alleged 2004 assault a year after it happened.

Cosby, 79, arrived for Day 3 of his trial at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia as usual, with bodyguards and assistants to help him walk.

When cross-examined, Mason said that Constand said she had not been alone with Cosby before this night nor did she have much contact with him after, which Cosby’s team disputed.

Constand confirmed this was true, but said that at the time she made the claim, she had been trying to access her phone records from Temple University, her employer, to pin down when the alleged assault occurred.

“My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out”, she said, crying. So far, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse the former Cosby Show actor of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

Also, Cosby’s admission to police that Constand consented to their sexual encounter could be troublesome for him given that Constand is gay. The married actor has always maintained the sex they had was consensual. “She was crying. She was telling me, ‘Mommy, I don’t know what is going on, but they’re telling lies about me’”. Allyn reports that the woman was subjected to a tough cross-examination by Cosby’s attorney, who attempted to show that her memory was incorrect.

“I said, ‘I trust you.’ I took the pills and I swallowed them down”, she told the court. “I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself because I felt that if I went to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me”.

When she awoke in the morning, Mr Cosby gave her tea and a muffin.

The assault Constand described in her testimony on Tuesday, the second day of Cosby’s trial, is the stuff of nightmares.

Constand managed the women’s basketball team at Temple, Cosby’s alma mater, while he was a high-profile trustee.

Constand reiterated what she told the court Tuesday: Cosby had made romantic overtures towards her, but she brushed him off.

“I said, ‘What are they, are they natural, are they herbal?’ He nodded his head and said, ‘Put them down, they’ll help you relax.’ I said, ‘three of them?’ He nodded”, the Toronto woman testified.

On one of those occasions, she said, Cosby tried to unbutton her trousers but she told him, “I’m not here for that”. Constand said she was physically incapacitated at the time of the alleged assault: “I wasn’t able to fight him away”. “My mouth was very cottony….” I don’t really remember passing out.

“I felt his hand inside my vagina, moving in and out. And I felt him take my hand, place it on his penis and move it back and forth”. Constand is a lesbian, but didn’t tell Cosby at the time. “I wanted it to stop”.

“We stand with Andrea Constand and are in awe of her courage”, said Lisa Bloom, an attorney for Janice Dickinson, another of Cosby’s accusers.

“The man that I’ve known as a child was amusing and witty and smart and philanthropic and full of advice”, she told ABC News.

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