Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility
Jun 15 2017 by Francis Osborne
"There was a nice mood".
Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, told jurors on Tuesday that Cosby gave her unidentified pills at his home that left her "frozen" and unable to resist as he sexually assaulted her on his couch.
Constand offered an explanation for why she told police in her native Canada that the incident happened in March 2004 and later told police in Pennsylvania that it was January or February 2004.
"I wanted to know what pills he had given me", Constand said.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele pinched the bridge of his nose and stared at the table as Constand gave the response.
The defense said Constand called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault, including one call that lasted 20 minutes. "This man was a trustee at Temple". After a long moment, she narrowed her eyes and turned back to the questioning. The defense has tried to characterize both women as professionally eager and malleable, looking for a career change that they knew Cosby could facilitate.
Initially, Constand told police that she did not contact Cosby after the alleged assault, but phone records proved that she had been in contact with Cosby over the phone, the Inquirer reported.
WHAT'S NEXT: With Constand off the witness stand, prosecutors will continue building their case.
Gianni said she even threatened Andrea, saying, "If you don't give me Mr. Cosby's phone number, I'm gonna get on the next flight to go see him". "I've never heard of Benadryl affecting someone like that", she said. The case's outcome will likely hinge on whether the jury believes her account, as Cosby himself does not plan to testify.
Later that day, Constand testified, Cosby groped her breast, and placed her hand on his penis.
"You're coming to the man that assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?"
The situations became questionable when it was clear that Constand would return to his home after denying his attempts.
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He also suggests that Gianna Constand and her daughter travel to meet with him to discuss his proposal.
"I was just confused", she said.
Cosby, 79, is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. Gianni said she would speak with Andrea, and Cosby said he would call the next day. He said quote, "they're your friends". She viewed him like a father.
The older Constand testified about how her daughter first revealed the alleged incident.
Constand claims to not have told anyone due to the loyalty she had with the University's basketball team. She was on the stand for seven hours.
The 44-year-old testified on Tuesday that she saw Cosby as a "mentor", and considered him "somewhat of an older figure". I doubt that I could stay as calm under cross-examination as Constand has been, wearing pale blue and white, her hair in a halo of tight brown curls that extended her six-foot frame.
"He was sorry for what he did", Constand insisted.
Some 60 women have come forward to allege that Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.
Reutersreports that Cosby's attorney, Angela Agrusa, did not ask Constand any details of the assault; instead, Agrusa attempted undermine Constand's credibility in other ways.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
The criminal case was reopened in 2015 after a judge unsealed Cosby's civil deposition, in which the entertainer admitted to having given sedatives to young women he was romantically interested in.