Cosby accuser says Cosby calls were business

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP). There were no calls, the prosecution and Constand noted, for more than four months after she left her job and moved back to her native Ontario.

The celebrity lawyer representing most of the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault was ejected from the comedian's trial yesterday after her phone rang.

The cross-examination of Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the sexual assault case that could send Bill Cosby to prison, was promised as as a slugfest not to be missed.

For the past two days, lawyers have questioned Constand about her allegations against Cosby.

The defence has pointed out that phone records show Ms Constand called Mr Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her.

Agrusa also asked about why Constand's mother, Gianna, had purchased a recording device to record phone calls with Cosby. "There was a nice mood.", Agrusa began, paraphrasing Constand's 2005 statement to police.

Following Constand's departure from Temple in March, frequent calls to Cosby ceased until December 2004, when Constand testified that she wished to know what pills Cosby had allegedly given her.

At one point, Gianna Constand, of Ontario, Canada, covered her eyes with her hands and wept, telling the hushed courtroom, "I just got to get my composure" before she could continue with her testimony.

" 'I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner, ' Constand said".

Agrusa contended that the advances Cosby made on Constand on two occasions - touching her thigh one time, and attempting to unbutton her trousers and pull down her zipper another - signaled his romantic interest.

"'But don't worry mom, there was no penile penetration, only digital, ' Constand says Cosby told her".

Lili Bernard, a former Cosby Show actress who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault, showed up in court in support of Constand.

If Cosby is convicted, he could be sentenced to a jail term of up to 10 years.

Constand said she felt like she had to answer the calls to not "stir up any trouble".

"You're coming to the man that assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?"

Constand, 44, alleges that Cosby, 79, gave her pills and then sexually assaulted her in 2004 while she was incapacitated. But the AP reports that Constand "perhaps muted the expected attack by acknowledging some initial confusion over just when the encounter occurred". What's left is a stalemate between parties - an eternal he-said-she-said battle in which the court of public opinion is the only law.

"He said, 'Oh, I feel bad". Already, Cosby's defense team has leaned on the sympathy of the jurors for Cosby as a "grandfather"-like figure".

Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand. Jurors listened to the phone recording while Jonathan Perrone, computer operations supervisor in the district attorney's office, displayed a transcript of the recorded conversation on a giant projection screen.

Andrea Constand, 44, was grilled by Cosby's team on the third day of the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania after she was questioned for almost four hours on Tuesday in her first public account of the alleged assault in January 2004.

But Constand said Wednesday she was merely returning his messages.

Cosby is charged for drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in 2004. The two had become friends through her work at Temple University, where she was an administrator for the women's basketball team and he sat on the board of trustees.

On Wednesday, Constand returned to the witness stand along with experts on drugs and the behavior of sexual assault victims, reported The New York Times. "This man was a trustee at Temple".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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