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Andrea Constand on her way into a Norristown, Pa., courtroom on Tuesday to testify against Bill Cosby. (Reuters)


Bill Cosby’s accuser takes witness stand at sexual assault trial

June 6, 2017

Andrea Constand testified Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania, at disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial. This was the first time Constand has spoken out publicly about the allegations against Cosby.

The allegations stem from a 2004 incident at Cosby’s home in a suburb of Philadelphia in which Constand has said Cosby drugged her and sexually violated her while she was incapacitated.

“In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen. I wasn’t able to fight in any way. I wanted it to stop,” Constand, 44, told jurors. She explained that while under the influence of the pills he’d allegedly given her that night, she was slurring her words and her vision became blurred.

Defense prosecutors will argue that Cosby and Constand had engaged in a romantic relationship and the sexual activity on the night in question was consensual. But on the stand Tuesday, Constand, who was calm and collected according to The Associated Press, explained how she viewed the relationship. Cosby was “somebody I trusted,” Constand told the jury. “A mentor.” She added, “I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused” after the incident.

Constand went on to testify about why she initially decided not to tell her family about the incident and why she kept up contact with Cosby afterward. Cosby, 79, has maintained his innocence, despite similar allegations made by more than 50 women. He was seen arriving at court for the trial’s opening day with Keshia Knight Pulliam, the woman who played his daughter ‘Rudy’ on The Cosby Show, at his side in a show of support.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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