Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Resumes

Cosby was accompanied by Cosby Show co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam on the trial's first day

Cosby was accompanied by Cosby Show co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam on the trial’s first day

She told the court she passed out, but "jolted awake" to find her former mentor groping her breasts, she said, according to NBC. I wasn't able to fight ...

Attorneys for Bill Cosby turned their attention to early discrepancies in statements by the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2004, as they sought to discredit prosecutors' star witness.

Constand's allegations unleashed a tidal wave of more than 60 women who claimed the man once dubbed America's Dad had drugged and sexually assaulted them as well.

Constand, then the director of operations for the Temple University women's basketball team, testified Tuesday that the comedian gave her three pills he said were herbal pills to help her relax before sexually assaulting her when the pills incapacitated her.

She says Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", she said.

Cosby's lawyers have argued that deceased witnesses, lost evidence and fading memories make it almost impossible for them to defend the comedian against the 12-year-old complaint from Constand, who took the the stand Tuesday to face the man she says sexually assaulted her.

The criminal case was reopened in 2015 after a judge unsealed Cosby's civil deposition, in which the entertainer admitted to having given sedatives to young women he was romantically interested in.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.

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Cosby's defense suggests that there is no correct response for a survivor of sexual violence.

Under cross-examination by Cosby's co-counsel Angela Agrusa, Constand was being painted as a gold digger after Cosby's fortunes, a profiteer framing Cosby as fiend not friend. She said she continued to speak to Cosby after the alleged incident because of her job at the time, and because Cosby was an important donor to the school.

"When I had finished my meal, Mr. Cosby again came and sat down beside me and at some point, he sat very close to me and commented on my trousers, and touched the side of my waist and then took his hand and attempted to unbutton my top button", she alleged.

Constand has testified that she felt she needed a lawyer to offer her advice, not necessarily to file a lawsuit.

Cosby was "somebody I trusted", Constand said. When she woke up, she said, he put lotion on her hand and forced her to touch his genitals. Cosby nodded, Constand testified. Agrusa also said records showed 72 calls between Cosby and Constand in the year between the incident and the call to police. The gifts, she said, included hats, T-shirts and "some bath salts for him and his wife". Constand said that 20 minutes after she took the pills she began to feel woozy, and experienced blurred vision and slurred words. Eventually, Constand detailed the alleged encounter that led to the charge of sexual assault.The mother of a Bill Cosby accuser is telling jurors about the day her daughter told her Cosby had drugged her at a hotel bungalow.McMonagle urged the jury to see Cosby as "just a citizen", saying his infidelity as a husband had made him "vulnerable to accusations" and tore into Johnson, aggressively trying to pick holes in her testimony.

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

During the start of the cross-examination of Constand, defense lawyer Angela C. Agrusa suggested Constand gave inconsistent statements to investigators concerning her contact with Cosby before and after the alleged incident and implied her testimony can not be trusted.

"The absence of Camille Cosby is noted, usually a person charged with a crime, their spouse comes to show support for them", said attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 Cosby accusers.

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