Accuser: Cosby drugged, forced himself on her
- Elaine King
Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Defence lawyer Brian McMonagle immediately attacked what he said were inconsistencies in Constand's story, disputed that Constand was incapacitated, and made the case that she and Cosby, who was married, had a romantic relationship.
Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee of Temple University's basketball program at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Did she take the stand today?
Constand, who is gay, waited a year to report the incident and initially settled the case with a civil suit in 2006. Thirteen women signed on to support her lawsuit, saying Cosby also had molested them.
The TV star previously admitted under oath that he gave Andrea Constand pills and touched her genitals as she lay on his couch, the prosecutor said.
The actress, who played Cosby's daughter, Rudy, on the hit TV show from 1984 to 1992, said that it wasn't her responsibility to determine whether or not the comedian is guilty, but noted that the allegations made against him don't jibe with the person she knows.
Cosby is accused of giving a Temple University employee drugs and then sexually assaulting her.
She says she was scared and did not consent. Mason, trained as a sexual assault response, said he got the impression Constand couldn't remember some details because of the effects of the pills.
Jurors for the trial have been brought from Pittsburgh at the request of defense lawyers.
She had also been alone with him prior to the alleged assault, the attorney said, during a visit to his Foxwoods Resort Casino hotel room in Mashantucket, Connecticut. And he told jurors that Cosby apologized to Constand's mother in a phone call the year after the encounter not because he had assaulted her, but to say, "I'm sorry, I'm a married man, and I never should have done it". Her testimony was presented by the prosecution in an attempt to establish an alleged pattern or history of behavior.
Johnson testified on Day 1 that she lost consciousness in 1996 soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.
According to court documents, Constand told police in 2005 that the year before, the comedian drugged her and molested her at his home in Pennsylvania.
Miller testified that no transcript was made of the deposition itself, an agreement he struck with Johnson's lawyer because of the sensitivity of her claims.
BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: So Kristen Feden, a young female African-American prosecutor, described to the mostly white jury of seven men and five women what Feden believes was a heinous crime committed by Cosby that happened in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
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"My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out", she said, crying.
Miller's timeline of the events differs from Johnson.
Those close to Andrea Constand say she is feeling strong and is ready to tell her side of the story. She says she feared that she would lose her job that she liked quite a bit at the William Morris agency.
She says her daughter, Kelly Johnson, later disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.
Bill Cosby is guided back to the courtroom after lunch during Cosby's sexual assault trial.
Andrea Constand's deposition states that the last thing she heard before she passed out what "I'm going to let you relax".
The defense called into question the validity of Johnson's testimony upon cross-examination. The case has gone to trial, which is now taking place.
She added, "When people are so quick to cast hate and make accusations of horrific violence against my dad, they are callous in their carelessness about the harm they are causing to others". He said the allegations are an attack on Cosby as an individual.
Monica Lyons, of Philadelphia, answered, "49".
Lyons was ecstatic about the birthday greeting. Dozens of women came forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. But on Monday she says it was 1996.
"I felt embarrassed because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid", Johnson said.
Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, has repeatedly denied the accusations against his client, at one point in 2014 decrying what he called "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories", which were becoming "increasingly ridiculous". Judge Steven T O'Neill permitted just one of those women, Kacey, to testify.
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