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Cosby's chief accuser denies romance before alleged assault

Bill Cosby Goes on Trial for Sex Assault Bill Cosby Goes on Trial for Sex Assault
Herman Weaver | 22 June, 2017, 08:29

Johnson testified Monday at Cosby's sexual assault trial in suburban Philadelphia.

The mother of a Bill Cosby accuser is telling jurors about the day her daughter told her Cosby had drugged her at a hotel bungalow. I wasn't able to fight ...

Cosby says he had a romantic relationship with her.

Cosby, his good-guy reputation already in ruins, could get 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault. Also, Cosby's admission to police that Constand consented to their sexual encounter could be troublesome for him given that Constand is gay.

His lawyers have highlighted "erroneous statements" she made to police.

Constand said she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber.

Constand has said she felt her friendship with Cosby was important to the school's athletics department.

Tall and thin with big, frizzy hair, she approached the witness stand as Cosby sat at the defense table, leaning forward, listening.

Constand is one of around 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexually violating them but the prosecution has gone ahead on just Constand's allegations due to the statute of limitations passing for almost every other of those claims. The two had met through Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, where Constand was on the basketball staff.

When she asked if they were herbal, he nodded, she said. He invited her to dine with him at his home.

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"I think, in general, he may have reached out to get to know me, what I did there as director of operations", Constand said.

"I was very confused and disoriented", she said. "It's really not my place to speak on that", she said. "I just wanted to go home", she said, according to NBC News. "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". "He was sitting there and he was like rubbing his hand over his head and looking down and I think she had him rattled".

The defense has highlighted phone records showing that Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her, the AP reports. She revealed that they had been in constant touch to discuss about the renovations of several facilities given to the basketball team. Both times, Constand made it clear she didn't welcome his advances, she said. That account comes from Variety, which adds that Cosby claimed "he would never ask her to do anything that would be harmful". I was frozen, and those messages didn't get there. But there she was, making an appearance unexpected by all, perhaps especially by Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who would chastise prosecution lawyers at day's end for not giving him forewarning. I realized he was not going to tell me what he gave me that night. Her testimony was cut off part of the way through cross-examination today and will pick up again Wednesday morning. To learn more about her, here is our Andrea Constand wiki. She testified she had responded that she did not.

She soon returned home to Toronto, but it wasn't the last time that she would see Cosby. She claimed she was then jolted awake and felt Cosby's hand groping her breast under her shirt, then groping her genitals.

Prosecutors brought in Miller and Johnson's mother to help bolster her testimony.

Constand testified that on a previous evening at his home, the actor had tried to unfasten her trousers.

A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.

"There was a lot of confusion trying to put a lot of dates together", Constand said Tuesday.

Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and direct as she testified, frequently speaking straight to the jury. She testified that he grabbed her thigh during one instance at his home and attempted to unbutton her trousers in another.

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