What Cosby's Chief Accuser Said on the Stand

Highlights from Andrea Constand's testimony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2017 11:29 PM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2017 12:30 AM CDT
Billy Cosby's Chief Accuser Describes Alleged Assault
Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.    (Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby's chief accuser said she shot down the actor's casual advances twice before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills that he convinced her were safe herbal supplements, the AP reports. Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball administrator, emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify at Cosby's sexual assault trial. Constand, who returns to the witness stand Wednesday, 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. She says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004, but Cosby says their encounter was consensual. Highlights from her testimony Tuesday, per the AP:

  • ON HOW COSBY'S PILLS AFFECTED HER: "I began to slur my words, and I also told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him, that I could see two of him, and my mouth was very cottony ... I said, 'I see two of you,' and I'm slurring my words. Mr. Cosby stood up, and I stood up because he said, 'You probably need to relax,' and when I stood up my legs were not strong, and I began to panic a little bit. Mr. Cosby grabbed, helped me by my arm and assisted me to a couch."
  • ON WHAT SHE SAYS COSBY DID: "I was laying on my left side, and he placed some kind of pillow under my neck, and I don't really remember passing out. I have no recollection until some point later, I was jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts under my shirt, and I also felt his hand inside my vagina moving in and out, and I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth."
  • ON NOT BEING ABLE TO FIGHT COSBY OFF: "In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen, and those messages didn't get there and I was very limited. I wasn't able to fight in any way. I wanted it to stop."
  • ON WHY SHE WAITED A YEAR, CONTACTED LAWYERS BEFORE GOING TO POLICE: "I felt that if I had gone to police, Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me, that he would try to hurt me and my family in some way."
Click for more, including why Constand continued to talk with Cosby even after an alleged previous sexual advance. (More Bill Cosby stories.)

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