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Cosby Victim Speaks: 'I Was a Limp Noodle'

Andrea Constand opens up in interview with NBC
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2018 10:55 AM CDT
Andrea Constand attends a news conference after Bill Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial on April 26, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – "I was crying out inside, in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop and I couldn't do anything," says Andrea Constand, recalling the abuse she suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby in her first interview since the comedian was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April. In the interview with NBC News, set to air in full on Friday's Dateline, Constand says she went to her mentor's Philadelphia-area home in 2004 as she was weighing a career change. Cosby said he wanted to help Constand—then the operations manager for the women's basketball program at Temple University, of which Cosby is an alum—and offered her three blue pills for relaxation, she recalls. "'They're your friends. Just put them down,'" Constand quotes the comedian as saying.

Soon, "I was a limp noodle," she says, describing how she tried to force her body to react as Cosby moved her to a couch and assaulted her. "My mind is saying, 'Move your hands. Kick. Can you do anything? I don't want this. Why is this person doing this?'" When Constand awoke hours later, she says Cosby gave her tea and a muffin. She says she then drove home, took a shower, and cried. It took her a year to tell her mom what happened, and more than a decade to repeat the story to police, a move that could ultimately lead to Cosby spending 10 years in prison. Due to be sentenced Sept. 24, Cosby suffered yet another blow Thursday as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the latest school to revoke an honorary degree given to him, this one in 2003, per WRAL. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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