June 28, 2017

Cosby's accuser stands by her story under cross-examination

14 June 2017, 06:39 | Tami Weber

Andrea Constand on Tuesday described the horror she allegedly endured at Cosby’s hands

Andrea Constand on Tuesday described the horror she allegedly endured at Cosby’s hands

"I think I've stated on the record that there was a lot of confusion trying to put a lot of dates together", Constand said in response to a question by defense lawyer Angela Agrusa.

"And I believed he supported numerous athletic programmes", Ms Constand said.

After the defence had finished, assistant district attorney Kristen Feden counter-attacked, hammering home certain key points.

"You called him on Valentine's Day", Agrusa said. Agrusa asked in her cross-examination.

"No", Constand fired back.

Prosecutors are expected to show jurors the candid statements he made about giving accuser Andrea Constand three unmarked pills in 2004 before engaging in sex acts with her. The jurors, who were selected in Allegheny County in an effort to ensure a fair trial, will be sequestered in the criminal trial for about two weeks, the lawyers in the case have predicted.

This week, comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial began in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The moment, captured in a video shared by NBC News, followed hours of testimony from Cosby's alleged victim and one-time mentee, Andrea Constand.

Andrea Constand, entering her second day of testimony in the highly publicized Pennsylvania trial, was grilled about inconsistencies in her account of what happened at the comedian's home outside the city in 2004. She recalled both times in which he became more aggressively flirtatious and attempted to undress her - even though she had made it clear that they were only friends.

"He said", Gianna Constand recounted, "'mom she even had an orgasm'". "Morning, noon and night".

The mother of the woman at the heart of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial gave gut-wrenching testimony Wednesday about confronting the comedian for "betraying" her daughter. "There was a nice mood".

"You hadn't told the officers that previously you had gone to Mr. Cosby's home, and had wine and sat by the fire", said Agrusa.

"He had never disclosed to me that he had affection for me", Constand added.

Ms Constand has described how her professional relationship with the Temple University trustee evolved into a friendship that she considered critical to the school's athletics department where she worked.

"I was mistaken", she said, unflustered.

During breaks, the defendant - who maintains that he is legally blind - appeared upbeat and exchanged pleasantries with the aide accompanying him. After a pause, Constand replied, "Yes".

More than 50 years after the first alleged instance of sexual assault perpetrated by Bill Cosby, the actor is now standing trial for sexual assault.

Agrusa has also focused on several discrepancies in a series of police interviews Constand gave in 2005 when she first reported the crime, including shifting estimates of when the assault actually occurred. "Yet, she told police initially that she had not tried to contact him". After briefly losing consciousness, she regained it as Cosby was touching her private parts, she testified.

"Whatever you feel", Gianna Constand said, pointedly. "But I returned calls as well".

Constand's mother, Gianna, told the jury she had a two-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter finally told her that she had been sexually assaulted, and that "The Cosby Show" star assured her there had been no intercourse, only "digital penetration".

"Cosby was clearly in damage control, on these very damaging recordings", Watts said.

As of now, it's unclear if the defense has any more questions for Constand, but we'd have to guess her slight confusion was not the smoking gun the defense was looking for.

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