Cosby Accuser Doesn't Stumble in 7 Hours on Witness Stand

Andrea Constand wrapped up her testimony on 3rd day of assault trial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2017 5:58 PM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2017 12:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – The woman who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of cross-examination that didn't produce the stumbles Cosby might have hoped for, the AP reports. Andrea Constand brushed off suggestions she and Cosby had a romantic relationship before the 2004 encounter at his home. And she explained away the numerous phone calls she made to him afterward by saying she was merely returning Cosby's messages about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where he was a member of the board of trustees and she was director of team operations. Constand, 44, left the witness stand after some seven hours of testimony over two days.

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Constand's mother followed her on the stand and bolstered her daughter's account. Gianna Constand told the jury that she was distraught to learn what Cosby had done to her daughter. "They were good friends. She viewed him like a father," the mother testified. Gianna Constand said she confronted Cosby by phone during a two-hour call in which she said he "surrendered" to her about the sexual encounter and told her he "was sick." Prosecutors played a recording of a call in which Cosby offered to pay for Constand's education. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. Constand testified he gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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