Cosby trial: Woman 'damaged after sex attack'

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

The defense contends that there was a consensual romantic relationship between Cosby and Constand, and Agrusa noted that phone records showed that she had called him twice on Valentine's Day, which would have been the month after she said the assault took place.

She said she felt humiliated and confused, and wanted to go home, but doesn't remember what happened the next morning before leaving Cosby's home. That's when she said he made an advance that made her feel uncomfortable, placing his hand on the button of her trousers, trying to unbutton it, she said. Constand then said her legs went numb and she later passed out before she awoke with Cosby sexually assaulting her.

Ms Constand, 44, was director of basketball operations at Temple University, where Mr Cosby served on the board of trustees at the time of the alleged assault in January 2004.

When Mr Cosby started inviting her over for dinner, Ms Constand said, she thought he was trying to help her fit in after her recent move.

Constand acknowledged on cross-examination that she initially told police she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged assault. Cosby then [assaulted her], she said.

"I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned", she said. When she was finished, he came into the room to talk to her and at one point put his hand on her thigh.

When asked why she continued to meet with Cosby after the incident, Constand replied, "I wasn't scared of somebody making a pass at me".

"I was frozen.The next thing I recall is putting my two feet on the ground and feeling my (bra) around my neck", she testified.

A witness who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her in 1996 was emotionally withdrawn after the incident, her mother has testified.

"He was somebody I trusted, a mentor and somewhat of an older figure to me", she explained to the seven-man, five-woman jury. "I said, 'I'm not here for that, I don't want that'". Her claims were supported with testimony by Johnson's mother and her former lawyer, who said they heard about the assault after it happened, and of Cosby's subsequent attempts to have her fired from the talent agency shortly after it occurred. He also denies allegations of sexual misconduct lodged by dozens of other women in the last two years; he is not charged with a crime in any of those cases. If he's convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three felony counts and up to $25,000 in fines. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand a. After a year and a half of cordial friendship, they met at Cosby's home in suburban Philadelphia.

But he had also previously made advances on her, she said.

Within 20 to 30 minutes she began to slur her words and had trouble seeing, she testified. Cosby grabbed her by the arm, she said, and brought her to a couch to lie down.

A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.

His legal team said he had only offered Ms Constand Quaaludes - a sedative widely used recreationally in the USA in the 1970s - after she complained of having trouble sleeping.

Mr Miller testified that no transcript was made of the deposition itself, an agreement he struck with Ms Johnson's lawyer because of the sensitivity of her claims.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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