NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The girl whose accusation brought Bill Cosby to demo in Pennsylvania on intercourse-assault charges testified on Friday that the comedian drugged and raped her in 2004 and she was terrified to tell any person for months afterward.
It was the next time that accuser Andrea Constand, 45, confronted the 80-year-old entertainer in the suburban Philadelphia courtroom. Cosby stood demo final year on the charges, but the jury was unable to arrive at a verdict.
Constand is a single of about 50 ladies who have accused the guy identified as the intelligent patriarch in the Television set hit “The Cosby Show” of sexually assaulting them in attacks dating back a long time. Hers is the only a single modern adequate to be the issue of criminal prosecution.
Constand, who labored at Cosby’s alma mater Temple University at the time of the alleged assault, explained she went to Cosby’s dwelling to examine a potential profession modify. Cosby gave her a few blue tablets that he explained would take it easy her.
She testified that the tablets produced her come to feel woozy. Cosby walked her to a sofa and laid her down.
“The future detail I remember, I was sort of jolted awake,” Constand explained. “My vagina was getting penetrated quite forcefully. I felt my breasts getting touched. He place my hand on his penis and masturbated himself with my hand. I was not in a position to do a detail.”
Cosby has continuously denied any wrongdoing and explained that any sexual encounters he had were being consensual. His legal professionals have portrayed Constand as a gold-digging con artist.
Constand testified that she did not tell any person of the assault until January 2005, about a year following she has explained it transpired, due to the fact she feared coming ahead. She eventually confided in her mom.
“I was fearful,” Constand explained. “I was all in excess of the area in my intellect. I did not know the place to change.”
She explained she instructed her mom, “Mr. Cosby sexually violated me… Gave me a few blue tablets and sexually violated me without the need of my consent.”
With Constand living in her indigenous Canada by this time, they went to the Durham Regional Police in Ontario and later on instructed her brother-in-legislation, a Toronto law enforcement detective.
Constand explained her mom spoke with Cosby by mobile phone, and he confessed and apologised. That mobile phone get in touch with was not recorded.
Final decision NOT TO PROSECUTE
Constand testified she was deeply unhappy when then-Montgomery County District Lawyer Bruce Castor declined to criminally cost Cosby following she complained to authorities in 2005.
She responded by submitting a civil suit against Cosby that resulted in a $3,380,000 settlement. She also signed a confidentiality agreement in which she agreed not to again initiate criminal charges against the comedian.
To perform close to that agreement, recently elected Montgomery County District Lawyer Kevin Steele initiated the charges in 2015, sending a group of prosecutors to Canada to question Constand if she would cooperate with the determination to prosecute.
Constand’s testimony mainly recurring factors she produced in Cosby’s first demo final year. This demo is distinct in that five other ladies who accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them have also testified.
This demo follows the increase of the #MeToo movement in which ladies have occur forth to accuse outstanding guys in politics, enterprise and leisure of sexual harassment and assault dating back a long time.
Cosby could experience 10 a long time in jail if convicted.
Reporting by David DeKok Modifying by Barbara Goldberg and Cynthia Osterman