Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

HIGH PROFILE CASE Bill Cosby

HIGH PROFILE CASE Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is denying any prior romance between them as she's questioned by one of Cosby's lawyers in his sex assault case in suburban Philadelphia. The TV star once called America's Dad has pleaded not guilty.

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

Johnson testified on Day 1 that she lost consciousness in 1996 soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill.

She met him when she ran operations for the women's basketball team at Philadelphia's Temple University (of which Cosby is an alumnus and donor) in 2002.

"She said she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop".

In addition to the buildup to the January 2004 night, Agrusa also sought to show that Constand maintained interest in Cosby after the incident, laying out phone records that showed some of the 53 calls the defense says she made to Cosby. "I don't condone sexual assault in any way shape or form". I could see two of him.

His lawyers tried to poke holes in Constand's story, citing differences between her courtroom testimony and the accounts she gave to police and in a lawsuit in 2005.

Joseph Miller, a workers' compensation lawyer, testified Tuesday he was taken aback when Johnson said she had been drugged and violated by Cosby. "And I felt naked". But at the time I did not have the courage to tell my family.

Asked by a prosecutor why she remained friends with him, she said: "I wasn't scared of someone making an advance at me or a pass at me".

Cosby was "somebody I trusted", Constand said.

Constand told jurors she had only spoken with Cosby a handful of times, all related to her administrative job with the women's basketball program at Temple.

Angela Agrusa claims her line of questioning will show Ms Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged 2004 assault.

But there Constand was, on the stand, posture and presence near ideal. "And I said, 'I did not". Are they natural? Are they herbal?' He said, 'Yes. The witness had told police that before the alleged assault, there had been no sexual contact between her and Cosby.

Instead of telling her, she said he responded, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?" "Mr. Cosby stood up and I stood up, 'cause he said, 'You probably need to relax.' And when I stood up, my legs were not strong and I began to panic a little bit".

"At some point he sat very close to me and commented on my trousers". She added she couldn't move her legs or hands.

Agrusa also attempted to portray earlier encounters between Constand and Cosby as romantic, including a private dinner on his couch in front of a fire, with incense burning in the room. "And I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth". "I remember wanting to pull up my dress and wanting to cover myself, but not being able to", Johnson said.

"I don't know the contents of one to the other", Constand said of the January 2005 statements.

She said she also feared what Cosby might do.

While Cosby is on trial for the allegations made by Constand, a total of 58 women have alleged that he has committed similar indecent acts against them, including high-profile supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. "I just pray for all parties involved because this isn't a great situation no matter what side of the coin you're on".

Constand said she returned to his home after the alleged incident to ask him what type of pills he had given her, but claimed he was "evasive", so she left. She testified that's when Cosby assaulted her. I told Mr. Cosby I had trouble seeing him - that I could see two of him.

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