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Cosby lawyers seek to paint accuser as opportunist

Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial
Acilia Dean | 20 Giugno, 2017, 01:23

Constand also said she stayed in contact with Cosby because she feared for her job.

Constand said it took her a year to go to police because she felt intimidated.

Defense attorneys have pointed to inconsistencies in Constand's testimony and questioned why she waited a year to report the alleged assault to police.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.

Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, told jurors in Philadelphia suburb Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday that Cosby gave her unidentified pills at his home that left her "frozen" and unable to resist as he sexually assaulted her on his couch.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, faces three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with the alleged sexual assault.

The deposition Cosby provided in that civil suit, in which he admitted to many of Constand's allegations, is central to the case against him.

Ms Constand has been barred from talking about her allegations for almost 12 years, following a successful civil case she brought against the comedian in 2006.

During the start of the cross-examination of Constand, defense lawyer Angela C. Agrusa suggested Constand gave inconsistent statements to investigators concerning her contact with Cosby before and after the alleged incident and implied her testimony can not be trusted.

Constand and Johnson are the only Cosby accusers expected to testify during the two-week trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.


"I was mistaken", Constand said.

Constand: "I wanted it to stop". Why did she continue to see him?

Andrea Constand's voice quivered as she began describing the 2004 incident at Cosby's Philadelphia-area home while Cosby, 79, at times shook his head.

She told the court on Tuesday that she felt her continued friendship with Cosby after the alleged assault was important to the school's athletics department.

But Constand says she never got the records from Temple University for the work-issued phone. Cosby is one of Temple's most famous alumni and a big supporter of the team.

Ms Johnson's mother, Patrice Sewell, took the stand on Tuesday, testifying that her daughter had called her in 1996 to recount the assault.

"I said, 'What are they, are they natural, are they herbal?' He nodded his head and said, 'Put them down, they'll help you relax.' I said, 'three of them?' He nodded", the Toronto woman testified.

"She told the jury she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber".

However, Constand claimed Cosby made a "suggestive" advance towards her during their fourth dinner together, after no previous incidents. "I really didn't see a problem in it at all [giving him my personal cell phone number]". "I jolted awake and I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts under my shirt".

Pulliam has defended him in the past and in an interview with Access Hollywood, she told the public to hold their judgment. But ultimately, that's just how I've lived my life-in terms of being very genuine and authentic to who I am. She said she saw a jumble of prescription drug bottles in Cosby's bathroom.

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