Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

  • Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Each morning, as Cosby makes his way to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for his indecent assault trial, someone new accompanies him.

Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the third day of his sexual assault trial. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting C.

The trial, regarded as the most prominent in Montgomery County history, is taking place in Norristown. Cosby nodded, Constand testified.

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP).

Around 60 women have accused the Emmy-winning television star of being a serial sexual predator for decades.

Cosby settled a civil lawsuit by Constand by paying her an unspecified sum of money.

Agrusa resumed grilling Constand on Wednesday, asserting that Constand's account in court differed from what she told authorities in 2005, giving a different date for the encounter with Cosby than she had originally reported.

On Tuesday, Constand recalled that when she was operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball team, Cosby was an avuncular figure to her: "He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted as a mentor and somewhat of an older figure to me".

"I said, 'I trust you, '" she said. She says he drugged her - leaving her nearly paralyzed - and then molested her.Cosby, once beloved by American audiences as the dad in the long-running TV hit "The Cosby Show" is not charged in the Johnson incident.

Cosby's lawyer, Angela Agrusa, focused not on the details of the alleged assault but on other aspects of Constand's narrative, including discrepancies in several police interviews Constand gave in 2005 when she made a decision to report the crime a year later. "Mr. Cosby assisted me over to a couch and said, 'Just relax'".

WHAT'S NEXT: Defense lawyers will continue their cross-examination of Constand on Wednesday. Vulture adds that Constand repeatedly contacted Cosby after the alleged assault happened in an attempt to find out what he gave her and to confront him about what happened, but Cosby only said at the time that he thought she "had an orgasm".

She says Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers.

In January 2004, Constand said, Cosby invited her to his house again to discuss her career options.

"It was really important for me to show my support to Mr. Cosby", she explained.

Cosby said in a recent interview that he won't testify in the trial. His proceeding must focus narrowly on whether there's reasonable doubt he assaulted Constand.

Cosby, for years feted by millions as "America's Dad" for his role as a lovable obstetrician and father on "The Cosby Show", says he is now legally blind. She spent a little more than three years at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and patron of the school's basketball program.

"So you were coming to meet the man who had assaulted you, and you were bringing him bath salts?" asked Agrusa.

But Agrusa showed the jury Constand's phone records, indicting that before Constand placed that call to the Durham Regional Police in Ontario, she called several lawyers in Philadelphia.

Constand perhaps muted the expected attack by acknowledging some initial confusion over just when the encounter occurred. She stopped calling after she left her job at Temple in March 2004, she said.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story, telling jurors that Johnson was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian's agent.

Constand was calm, direct and polite under cross-examination, even when Agrusa's questioning grew pointed and accusatory.

"I felt Mr. Cosby's hands groping my breasts under my shirt".

Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996.

At one point, a juror had trouble reading the phone records that Agrusa projected on a courtroom screen, piping up to ask, "Is that an 8?"

Constand said the pills instead left her paralyzed and unable to fend off Cosby's sexual advances.

"It was a very big burden on me, but one that I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family", she said.

Constand, 44, had never spoken publicly about the incident before.

"Her circle of friends became small". Constand initially told police about the incident in 2005, but the then-district attorney declined to press charges against Cosby.