Cosby's chief accuser denies romance before alleged assault

Posted June 23, 2017

"I wanted it to stop", 44-year-old Andrea Constand told the second day of the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania about an evening in January 2004 at Cosby's mansion in Cheltenham, just outside Philadelphia. "I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth", she told prosecutors, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She allegedly told investigators she had known Cosby six months at the time of the assault, but actually knew him for more than a year.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the third day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 7, 2017.

Comedian Bill Cosby's trial for sexual assault opened with tearful testimony as prosecutors painted the star as a sexual predator: one who established trust with his alleged victims before incapacitating them with drugs and alcohol.

"I felt that if I had gone to the police, that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me, that he would try to hurt me or my family in some way", she testified.

Also in the afternoon, the prosecution scored with the appearance of very tall plaintiff Andrea Constand in a pale blue blazer and a condition of total aplomb.

Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and direct as she testified, frequently speaking straight to the jury.

The claim came after Andrea Constand finished more than six hours of testimony, as defense lawyers sought to undermine her credibility by portraying her as an opportunist who pursued Cosby's affections before manufacturing a story in order to go after his fortune. Cosby grinned at the defense table as she struggled to explain them. Constand refused to yield the point, saying his conduct - touching her thigh and her trousers zipper - had been "suggestive" but not sexual.

Damage Control?: The prosecution introduced into evidence two calls Cosby's team made after Constand and her mother confronted him about the the encounter in question. "Just being around a lot of people made her uncomfortable". Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

But Constand says she never got the records from Temple University for the work-issued phone.

The woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault has denied any prior romance between them.

Cosby led her to a couch, where she passed out, she said.

She said she also feared what Cosby might do.

"So you were coming to meet the man who had assaulted you, and you were bringing him bath salts?" asked Agrusa. She said she continued to speak to Cosby after the alleged incident because of her job at the time, and because Cosby was an important donor to the school.

However, the next time she visited the actor's home she alleges he gave her three pills that he called herbal supplements. "D$3 efense attorneys have proof, including Constand's later interviews with police, in which she describes private meals with the entertainer before January 2004 and a visit to his hotel room at a CT casino".

Cosby apologized to Constand's mother during a later phone call but again declined to say what medication he'd given her, Constand said. She said she moved away, told him that she was not interested in a physical relationship and left the house.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which carry up to 10 years each.

Constand took the stand later on, and as the Washington Post puts it, her testimony was "the marquee moment" for the trial.