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Bill Cosby trial: Mother recounts call from distraught daughter 'America's dad' on trial: Cosby sex assault case in second day
Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:13

But prosecutors opened their case on Monday by calling another woman to the stand, Kelly Johnson, to show that the TV star made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.

Cosby's legal team highlighted erroneous statements she made to police in 2005 when she first reported the incident, including that she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged 2004 attack.

Constand met Cosby at Temple University in Philly where he was one of its most famous alumni and she was director of basketball operations.

"I don't know what that means", Ms Constand said. "I think the questions turned personal, like, 'Where are you from?' and 'Did you play basketball yourself?'" She wanted to stop him, she said, but wasn't able to do so. Why did she continue to see him?

A few months prior to the incident, the defense said, Constand drove four hours to Foxwood resort in order to meet Cosby after one of his performances. "As an advocate for women and with my nonprofit the Kamp Kizzy Foundation, which is all about empowerment, self esteem for girls, I don't take these charges lightly". "I felt him reach for my zipper, and I leaned forward and stopped that. I trusted him. I wasn't scared of him in any way".

Cosby's lawyer Angela Agrusa suggested Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the basketball programme at Temple University, once enjoyed a romantic dinner at Cosby's home before the alleged assault. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Constand after giving her three unmarked blue pills, which he allegedly told her were herbal.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Put them down. They'll take the edge off.'. She said she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision and slurred words, before he abused her.

"I did not want to stir up any trouble", she said.


At this point, Constand claims she "lost consciousness again", waking around 4AM, at which point Cosby offered her "a muffin and tea".

She said she had rebuffed his sexual advances before the 2004 assault. Cosby grabbed her by the arm, she said, and brought her to a couch to lie down. "I felt humiliated and I felt confused", she continued.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, told jurors that her daughter was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian's agent. "I was in no state of mind".

Cosby stared down at the defence table, resting a hand across his forehead, as Ms Constand testified.

"I said, 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed them down", she told the court.

Pulliam has defended him in the past and in an interview with Access Hollywood, she told the public to hold their judgment. "News reports. ". I can't stop doing that now. Cosby was not charged with any crimes at the time of Constand's original allegations, but he did settle a civil suit with her out of court in 2006. Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy "California Suite", which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda.

The aftermath: "I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family, so I just went along with it". He also placed her hands on his genitals. "I don't want that". The district attorney at the time reportedly declined to do so, citing a lack of evidence. Mason testified he responded to Constand's home in Pickering, about 10 p.m. January 13, 2005, at which time Constand revealed the alleged sexual assault.

The 79-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

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