NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (NYTIMES) – Bill Cosby was imagined to be her mentor, Andrea Constand informed a jury right here on Friday (April 13).
But as a substitute he turned her attacker, she mentioned, so unrelenting in his sexual pursuit – even after she had rejected his advances – that he drugged and molested her throughout a go to to his home in January 2004.
“I was kind of jolted awake and felt Mr Cosby on the couch beside me, behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully, and I felt my breast being touched,” Constand mentioned on the fifth day of Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. “I was limp, and I could not fight him off.”
Constand was extra composed and fewer emotional in giving her account this time than she had been final summer season, when she first testified about what she mentioned had occurred at Cosby’s home close to Philadelphia.
That case resulted in a mistrial when the jury turned deadlocked.
This time, Cosby’s defence crew has taken a extra aggressive stance in the direction of Constand, describing her as a “con artist” who engaged in a consensual encounter after which concocted a narrative of assault in order to attain an enormous payday.
Prosecutors appeared cognizant of these efforts to depict Constand in an unflattering gentle once they requested her why she had agreed to cooperate once they introduced expenses, even after securing a big monetary settlement from Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit.
“For justice,” she replied.
In greater than two hours on the stand, led by Kristen Gibbons Feden, a particular prosecutor, Constand described how an older man she revered, and who was a significant supply of profession steerage, took benefit of her belief.
She recalled assembly Cosby, a well-known alumnus of Temple University, the place she labored, throughout a basketball game in 2002. She was working as an administrator for the ladies’s crew, and he or she mentioned he subsequently referred to as her workplace and invited her to dinners at his homes in New York and Connecticut.
On two earlier events, she mentioned, she had rebuffed his advances.
Only as soon as did she pause in her testimony, and that was simply earlier than she started to offer a graphic, detailed account of what she mentioned occurred on the Cosby home close to Philadelphia in January 2004. Cosby gave her three blue drugs, she mentioned.
She testified that he mentioned: “Put ’em down. They will help you relax.'”
“I began to see double vision,” she continued.
“I was very scared,” she mentioned. “I didn’t know what was happening, why I was feeling that way.”
Her court docket look adopted a number of days of testimony from 5 different ladies who mentioned they imagine they, too, had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.
As a part of Cosby’s defence, his legal professionals have mentioned they may deliver ahead a tutorial adviser at Temple, who mentioned she had roomed with Constand throughout college basketball journeys and that Constand had as soon as informed her earlier than the incident with Cosby that she might fabricate a declare of sexual assault a couple of celeb to get cash.
The adviser, Marguerite Jackson, was barred from testifying on the first trial after Constand informed the court docket she didn’t know her. But Cosby’s legal professionals are anticipated to problem that testimony once they cross-examine Constand.
Prosecutors appeared taken with taking among the sting out of that effort on Friday morning once they requested Constand concerning the adviser.
“I recognise the name,” she mentioned this time. But requested if she had ever roomed along with her, she mentioned, “No.”
In latest days, the defence has labored to seek out holes within the different ladies’s accounts, suggesting that their accounts weren’t credible and had been in all probability motivated by cash or media consideration.
Cosby, 80, shouldn’t be charged with assaulting the opposite 5 ladies who have testified, however prosecutors hoped to point out a sample of predatory behaviour by Cosby that ultimately focused Constand, 45. At the primary trial, prosecutors had been allowed to introduce just one different accuser to bolster Constand’s account.
Cosby has denied any inappropriate conduct and mentioned the intercourse with Constand was consensual.
After the encounter, Constand mentioned, she went to his home a number of weeks later to confront him. Cosby mentioned the night time a bit, suggesting he thought she had had an orgasm, however then evaded her questions, Constand testified.
As Constand spoke, Cosby typically sat again in his chair on the protection desk, listening rigorously. At instances, he stared on the ceiling as she described the night time of their encounter.
Constand mentioned she feared retaliation from Cosby if she had been to talk out, however she informed her mom practically a yr later. Together, they spoke to Cosby, who, she mentioned, admitted to giving her drugs and penetrating her together with his fingers, and utilizing her hand to masturbate him.
“After a very short time on the telephone with my mom there, he eventually apologised for doing what he did, but he would not tell us what he gave me,” she mentioned. “He said I don’t know. I have to go check the prescription bottle.”
Cosby has mentioned the drugs he gave Constand had been Benadryl.
Constand’s lawsuit towards Cosby resulted in 2006 with a US$three.38 million settlement. She sued after prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, initially declined to deliver expenses towards Cosby.
In the years after the settlement, she moved to North Carolina and began her personal business earlier than moving again to Toronto, the place she lives now and works as a therapeutic massage therapist.