Cosby's lawyer attacks 1 accuser as sex assault trial opens

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Constand testified that Cosby gave her three blue pills to help her relax during a 2004 visit to his Pennsylvania home.

Phone records showed Andrea Constand called Cosby 53 times between January 20, 2004, days after she said the assault occurred, and March 31, 2004, when she left Temple University, including twice on Valentine's Day. Instead, she said, the drugs left her "frozen" and unable to resist as he sexually assaulted her on his couch. "[He was] somebody I trusted, a mentor, and somewhat of an older figure to me", she said, according to report by LA Times.

The TV star once dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting Constand.

Constand said Cosby gave her pills he claimed were a natural remedy to ease her stress about a looming career change.

Constand acknowledged on cross-examination that she initially told police she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged assault.

Despite Cosby's actions, Constand said she did not feel threatened. After it was over, and she could move her body again, she says she moved into Cosby's kitchen, where he gave her a muffin and some tea, then exited his house without saying anything to him, because "I felt really humiliated, and I was really confused". Constand says the mood was friendly and the room light enough to eat. A former assistant to Mr Cosby's Hollywood agent, she told the jury that the actor drugged and sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 1996. Pennsylvania prosecutors brought criminal charges against Cosby in late 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was to run out.

Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged. She testified she had responded that she did not.

Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the third day of his sexual assault trial.

The trial is expected to take about 2 weeks.


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

The massage therapist said that she could not move for the next 20-30 minutes.

The massage therapist said she later confronted Cosby, who evaded her questions.

When Cosby began to fall asleep, Constand suggested that she should depart for the evening.

She told the court on Tuesday that she felt her continued friendship with Cosby after the alleged assault was important to the school's athletics department. She said she first thought it was after a group dinner in March and later realized it happened after a private dinner a month or two earlier.

She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

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. "Are they herbal?" Constand recalled during testimony.

Mr Cosby's wife of 53 years was not seen with him as he entered the court in Norristown, near Philadelphia, on Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, actress Lili Bernard, who is known for her appearance in The Cosby Show, spoke to the reporters after the court adjourned for the day.

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