What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial

Emmett Rice
June 28, 2017

The defense has suggested that her repeated calls to him show the encounter was consensual.

"I wasn't able to fight him away. And I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth".

Constand broke her long silence on Tuesday in court with a graphic account of the night she was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby.

Arriving at the court earlier, Cosby was accompanied by one of his movie co-stars from the 1970s. The two had met through Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, where Constand was on the basketball staff.

Ms Constand said the mood at the time was friendly. "They'll take the edge off".

Constand says she visited the comedian at his home outside Philadelphia one evening for dinner and to discuss her career plans. "I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts under my shirt".

The 79-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

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She said: "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, get my legs to move, but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there".

Cosby - a pioneer for black comedians and TV stars - then led her to a couch. She testified in graphic detail about the evening in 2004, when she claims he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Under the terms of that settlement, Constand was unable to speak publicly about the alleged assault until her courtroom testimony on Tuesday. The trial kicked off yesterday, with Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle attempting to present his client as a man who has been framed and telling the jury that "the only thing that is worse than [sexual assault] is the false accusation of sexual assault".

Patricia Sewell said her daughter told her that Cosby had given her a pill and assaulted her in his Los Angeles hotel room. Ms Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

"I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned", she said. Both times, Constand made it clear she didn't welcome his advances, she said. But phone records, he said, show the two talked 72 times that year, with 53 of those calls initiated by Constand. He had given her pills to help her "relax" and described the pills as "your friends" and to "put them down". Johnson testified on Monday that the alleged assault happened in 1996. She is expected to testify later this week. But her demeanour changed when the testimony switched to the night in question. At the same time, Constand said, she was taking Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance. Johnson gave the deposition while pursuing a claim that she'd developed debilitating stress from her job as a secretary at the talent agency representing Cosby. In court on Tuesday, Constand said she had been alone with Cosby before the incident.

But Mr Miller's timeline differed from Ms Johnson's. She also said he had tried to undo her trousers on another occasion, and she'd told him, "I don't want that". "A mentor", she said.

Johnson testified Monday at Cosby's sexual assault trial in suburban Philadelphia. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting C.

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