June 28, 2017

'I was frozen': Cosby accuser says she was drugged, groped

07 June 2017, 06:22 | Grady King

That's what this case is about.

"Afterward, she went to his home", Mason told jurors on the second day of Cosby's sexual assault trial. Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom during a break at his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017.

The attorney argued that Constand's alleged sexual encounter with the legendary comedian was part of their romantic relationship.

A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her took the stand in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday.

McMonagle took aim at Constand's credibility, focusing on inconsistencies in her accounts to law enforcement officials in 2005.

While recounting the alleged incident, Johnson broke down in tears.

The comic - who was at one point the highest-paid actor in the United States - has said he will not testify in the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks. Johnson, who worked for Cosby's agent, wept as she testified that Cosby gave her a pill and then abused her at a hotel bungalow in 1996. Initially she told police that Cosby assaulted her after a dinner out at a restaurant with a group of people. Like Andrea, he gave her a pill. He was basically attempting to show the jury that her memory was maybe flawed and perhaps so flawed that maybe she made up this whole encounter completely.

"She never told you that she had been alone with him before, or in his bedroom, did she?"

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.

Miller testified that no transcript was made of the deposition itself, an agreement he struck with Johnson's lawyer because of the sensitivity of her claims.

Sewell said her husband, a Los Angeles police detective, did not want his daughter to go to the police with her allegations of being drugged.

She recalled Cosby giving her a "big white pill" and saying: "Would I ever do anything to hurt you?". And just the man I grew up knowing.

Brown made a decision to accept his explanation as it was because she felt like it wasn't her place to pry.

"I heard [Mr. Cosby] say, 'She's always away from her desk, ' " she says.

"I remember him being behind me, making those grunting sounds", she testified. He has said he gave her Benadryl, whose side effects include drowsiness.

Cosby, whose attorneys said is legally blind, is not expected to testify.

The tack of the Cosby legal team was apparent in its questioning of Sewell, Johnson's mother, and in its Monday cross-examination of Johnson herself. That's when he allegedly assaulted her.

Constand said she first met Cosby in late 2002, when she was the newly hired director of basketball operations for Temple University's women's basketball program and he was the school's most famous alumnus. He said her testimony hastened a settlement of the workers' compensation claim for around 10,000 dollars £7,700). "She's messing up her work". "Okay, let me just say this real quick, cause, you know, I feel you and everyone's entitled to their opinion", she said.

"I said, 'I trust you, ' and I swallowed the pills", she told jurors.

Cosby leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and shook his head. Her testimony was presented by the prosecution in an attempt to establish an alleged pattern or history of behavior.

Miller said she "cried several times" during the deposition.

It was the unsealing of that deposition in 2015 that prompted prosecutors to reopen the Constand criminal investigation, more than a decade after it was first closed.

But Constand's recollection of what happened inside Cosby's home has remained consistent. Sometimes, they spoke for up to 40 minutes, he said. While Johnson was on the stand, McMonagle pointed out the high-profile attorney was sitting in the front row and suggested she had put words in the witness' mouth.

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