Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

The only woman to secure a trial against Bill Cosby for sexual assault has taken the stand - breaking her silence of more than 10 years and telling a jury that the once-celebrated entertainer drugged and assaulted her in 2004.

Pointing to Cosby-even walking over to the defense table only inches away from the fallen entertainer-Feden referred to him as "this man" while describing his alleged actions with Constand, a former Temple University employee; Feden said that Cosby gave Constand pills, then assaulted her.

"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", Andrea Constand, a former basketball manager at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, said in their long-awaited courtroom confrontation.

"I have three friends for you to make you relax", Cosby told Andrea Constand as he gave her three unmarked pills, Feden said, quoting from Cosby's deposition. He had given her pills to help her "relax" and described the pills as "your friends" and to "put them down".

Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle countered by attacking what he said were inconsistencies in Constand's story, disputed that Constand was incapacitated and made the case that she and Cosby had a romantic relationship.

More than losing what he has left of his legacy, Cosby, who turns 80 in July, faces serious prison time if convicted - 10 years each for the three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. Cosby became a mentor to Constand, and he would sometimes invite her to dinner at his house either alone or with others. "I said, 'I'm seeing two of you, I'm slurring my words'". "Yet, she told police initially that she had not tried to contact him. I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family", she said. He also placed her hands on his genitals.

Constand, 44, of the Toronto area, is expected to take the stand this week and tell her story in public for the first time.

Nearly 13 years after Andrea Constand's assault, this is the first time she is publicly telling her side of the story.

She added: "I wanted it to stop".

"I felt embarrassed (at the time) because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid", Johnson said Monday, explaining the delay.

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"Cosby Show" co-star Keshia Knight-Pulliam arrived with the comedian to court on the first day. I said, 'What are they? Constand is the only plaintiff in the case, but Johnson's story-as with numerous other woman who have accused Cosby-shares remarkable similarities with Constand's, and is being used by the prosecution as evidence of a pattern of behavior.

"I did not want to stir up any trouble", she said. But I just ask you to see him as a citizen. "I don't want that". Her testimony was cut off part of the way through cross-examination today and will pick up again Wednesday morning.

The stage was set for her testimony after prosecutors used the first day and a half of the trial to argue that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.

Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996.

MCEVERS: Very quickly, how did her - Cosby's defense team react to her testimony? She said that when she awoke, her breast was exposed, and a naked Cosby forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.

She is expected to serve as a key witness for prosecutors during the two-week trial.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story.

But Miller's account differed from Johnson's in at least one respect: Under questioning from Cosby's lawyers, Miller said his notes show Johnson told him the encounter with Cosby happened in 1990, not 1996.

The comic - who was at one point the highest-paid actor in the U.S. - has said he will not testify in the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks.

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