Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility

Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility

Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility

Bill Cosby came face-to-face with Andrea Constand, the woman alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 2004, during day two of his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby's lawyers tried to undermine the account of the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2004, questioning apparent inconsistencies in her statements to police and suggesting she was after money, during proceedings on Wednesday. Constand says she didn't tell anyone what happened out of loyalty to the women's basketball team which she managed at the time.

"During the very time you told the police you were drugged and unconscious you were on the phone with a period of time making multiple phone calls", Agrusa told Constand. In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there.

"I did say that ... he had been suggestive, but what I'm saying is Mr. Cosby never disclosed to me that he was interested in a romantic interaction with me", she said, adding that the Cos' gave her a number of gifts, including a $225 hairdryer.

79-year-old Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, which he denies. According to the charging document in the case, Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, noticed, after her daughter moved back to her native Toronto, that her personality and demeanor changed and she suffered from nightmares. The TV star dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted.

Asked by the prosecution why she waited to report the incident, Constand replied that she did so due to his status as a trustee, an alumnus and a benefactor of athletics programs.

Tearfully, she told of the evening at his home when he offered her three blue pills that he said were "herbal".

Agrusa attempted to portray as romantic earlier encounters between the two, including a private dinner on Cosby's couch in front of a fire.

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

Constand said her body was limp and she couldn't fight him off.

The claim came after Andrea Constand finished more than six hours of testimony, as defense lawyers sought to undermine her credibility by portraying her as an opportunist who pursued Cosby's affections before manufacturing a story in order to go after his fortune. She said that, at the time, she felt Cosby was taking the time to introduce her to people because she was "a Canadian person in a new city". "I felt really humiliated and I was really confused".

"No, ma'am, those calls were because Warren Chambers had asked me to deliver salt products to Mr. Cosby and his wife", Constand explained.

Johnson testified Monday that she first met Cosby in the 1990s when she was working as an assistant for his agent, Tom Illius, at the William Morris Agency.

Another crucial factor at the trial will be Cosby's own words in a deposition he gave for the civil suit Constand filed against him in 2005. Constand claims that Cosby became her mentor and invited her into his home on multiple occasions. He invited her to dine with him at his home.

Constand also said she went to a performance of Cosby's later that year with her family in Canada after Cosby arranged to drop off tickets.

Agrusa has also focused on several discrepancies in a series of police interviews Constand gave in 2005 when she first reported the crime, including shifting estimates of when the assault actually occurred.

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