Alleged Cosby Sex Assault Victim: 'I Wanted It to Stop'

Alleged Cosby Sex Assault Victim: 'I Wanted It to Stop'

Bill Cosby showed up to the courthouse with his TV daughter.

Hours later - it was 4 a.m. - she got up, confused and disoriented, and went to the kitchen where Cosby was standing.

Mason testified Constand claimed she didn't report the 2004 incident to police until a year later because she was embarrassed by it and because of Cosby's profile in the community.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa.

Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the only criminal trial brought against Bill Cosby, has publicly testified for the first time that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.

"I was mistaken", said Constand, 44, now a massage therapist in Toronto.

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

"He was sorry that you were upset", defense lawyer Angela Agrusa said, providing an alternate explanation for Cosby's apology. "D$3 efense attorneys have proof, including Constand's later interviews with police, in which she describes private meals with the entertainer before January 2004 and a visit to his hotel room at a CT casino".

Within 20 to 30 minutes she began to slur her words and had trouble seeing, she testified.

When Feden asked her if she asked him to stop, Constand said, "I wasn't able to". While Agrusa attempted to poke holes in her testimony, Constand on several occasions pushed back saying either "I can't answer that" or "what's your question?" Mr. Cosby stood up, and I stood up because 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.

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

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Four days later, Constand told police she believed the sexual assault happened between mid-January and mid-February 2004.

More than 50 women have said that Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases. While more than 60 women have accused Cosby of similar crimes, this is the only case that could possibly send the 79-year-old actor to jail, as the statue of limitations for all other allegations have already expired. Constand was the women's basketball team manager at Cosby's alma mater. "What are they - are they natural?"

She said she walked toward the kitchen and Cosby was there and offered her tea and a muffin.

Cosby was "somebody I trusted", Constand said. It seemed to be an affectionate - yet suggestive - touch, she said. Some time later, she says, she woke up half-naked in the bed in his hotel room. "I wanted it to stop".

"The next thing I recall is putting my two feet on the ground and feeling my brassiere up higher around my neck and I looked at my watch", she said, wiping a tear away from her left eye.

Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged. I was frozen, and those messages didn't get there.

She said she didn't have the courage to tell her family what happened, but that it was a burden. "So I went along with it". Cosby became a mentor to Constand, and he would sometimes invite her to dinners at his house either alone or with others.

Constand took the stand later on, and as the Washington Post puts it, her testimony was "the marquee moment" for the trial. On Wednesday, Constand will continue be questioned by the defense.

Agrusa has suggested that Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault. She is expected to testify later this week. She claimed she was then jolted awake and felt Cosby's hand groping her breast under her shirt, then groping her genitals.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story.

Her mother and a lawyer involved in her related worker's compensation case against William Morris could be the first witnesses Tuesday if the judge permits their testimony.

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