Andrea Constand, the key witness in Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault, testified Friday.
Cosby is on trial because Constand accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004. She is among several dozen women who have made similar claims, but only her case can go to trial because of statute of limitations laws.
- Constand testified that she drank wine and took three blue pills after Cosby thrust them on her at his home in 2004. Soon after taking them, she lost consciousness she said, only to be “jolted awake” and discover Cosby sexually assaulting her.
- “Were you able to verbalize and tell him to stop,” prosecutor Kristen Feden asked her. She replied: “No. I wanted it to stop. I couldn’t say anything. I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs move and the message wasn’t getting there. I was weak, I was limp and I couldn’t fight him off.”
- She continued: “I felt his fingers going inside of my vagina, going in and out, very forcefully.”
- Constand then claimed that the first person she told about the attack was her mother, about a year after it happened. Her mother confronted Cosby, who she said “admitted” to what he had done and apologized.
- Her testimony came on the ninth day of his retrial. On previous days, four other women, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, also shared their stories in an attempt to underline the prosecutor’s argument that his misconduct was part of a larger pattern of abuse.
- Before testifying about her assault, Constand described seven social encounters she had with Cosby, including one in which he tried to “unbutton my button on my pants.” When she told him she “wasn’t here for that” she said “he respectfully stopped and we never talked about it again.”
- After that and before Cosby attacked her, she said she considered him a mentor and thanked him for professional connections he’d helped her make by buying him Temple University gear, including hats and t-shirts.
- Cosby’s team, on the other hand, repeatedly brought up the $3.38 million she was paid in a civil settlement, and painted her as a con artist out for a quick buck and fame.
- Constand is expected to take the stand again on Monday.
- Cosby, 80, denies all wrongdoing. His first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury. He faces up to ten years behind bars on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault if convicted.