Bill Cosby's Wife MIA in Second Day of His Sexual Assault Trial

Carla Harmon
June 7, 2017

Constand told the court that she wanted to stop Cosby, but was "frozen".

Cosby has consistently denied sexual misconduct with Valentino, Constand, or anyone else.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning television star and comedian of being a serial sexual predator for decades, ending his career and leaving him isolated by friends and celebrities.

The curly-haired Canadian was working as the director of basketball operations at Temple University in Philadelphia when she first met Cosby, an alumnus of the school. And after they talked about that for a little while at Cosby's residence outside of Philadelphia, she says he went upstairs and returned with some pills.

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

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Asked why she visited Cosby again after that initial incident, Constand replied, "I wasn't scared of someone making a pass at me or an advance at me".

When Constand was "jolted awake", she said on the stand on Tuesday, Cosby was assaulting her.

The defense gets another crack at Constand on Wednesday.


Cosby admitted to authorities that the incident took place, but insisted it was consensual, according to a criminal complaint.

In that deposition, recalled Miller, she had claimed Cosby "had given her a pill to take or some wine to drink, some sort of alcohol".

Before Tuesday, Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006.

Constand's testimony on Tuesday casts new light on Cosby's assertion that Constand consented to the sexual activity because, as he said in the 2005 deposition, "She does not look angry".

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.

However, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, told the Associated Press outside the court that she is hopeful "there will be justice in this case". Sewell said that Cosby's alleged actions would, in the subsequent years, make her daughter "anxious, depressed, sad".

Twenty minutes later, Constand said, she slurred her words, had trouble seeing, her mouth felt cottony, and she had trouble walking.

"False accusation of sexual assault is an assault on human dignity", McMonagle said. She began having nightmares and confided in her mother, who called police and also called Cosby to confront him by phone.

Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996.


She was called to testify by prosecutors hoping to establish a pattern of behavior by Cosby, who is on trial for allegedly drugging and raping Constand in 2004. The gifts, she said, included hats, T-shirts and "some bath salts for him and his wife".

This case will boil down to her testimony.

Other details did match up.

Constand took the stand later on, and as the Washington Post puts it, her testimony was "the marquee moment" for the trial.

Johnson was involved in a worker's compensation claim because she suspected that William Morris officials had wrongly fired her. "He was a Temple [University] friend", Constand said of Cosby.

The lurid allegations ripped the sheen off Cosby's once sparkling image.

Miller was the second witness called to help bolster Johnson's testimony Monday that she lost consciousness after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

Ms Johnson is the only other accuser who will be permitted to testify. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaul. He said Johnson made the disclosure while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at the William Morris Agency.

On Monday, McMonagle pointed out inconsistencies in Johnson's story, which he used to argue that the incident did not occur.


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