Cosby's accuser says she was drugged, groped; 'I was frozen'


While on the stand, Andrea Constand was asked why she stayed in contact with the accused.

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.

On Wednesday, Cosby appeared to be listening closely to Constand's testimony, his head turned slightly to the side while Brian McMonagle, his other defense attorney, sat next to him. Where are you from? Cosby then [assaulted her], she said.

She ate dinner at his house - alone. She said that, at the time, she felt Cosby was taking the time to introduce her to people because she was "a Canadian person in a new city".

But he had also previously made advances on her, she said.

Constand confirmed this was true, but said that at the time she made the claim, she had been trying to access her phone records from Temple University, her employer, to pin down when the alleged assault occurred.

Shortly thereafter, Constand said, she became dizzy and was feeling disoriented.

The accuser also recollected the moments when Cosby tried to physically assault her. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

"I did say that ... he had been suggestive, but what I'm saying is Mr. Cosby never disclosed to me that he was interested in a romantic interaction with me", she said, adding that the Cos' gave her a number of gifts, including a $225 hairdryer.

"What was your understanding of your relationship with the defendant?"

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Smiling, dressed in a pale blue jacket and a white top, she answered initial questions from assistant district attorney Kristen Feden with a calm voice.

"He was a Temple friend". Somebody I trusted. A mentor. "And somewhat of an older figure to me", she said. Who would be next on the stand, we wondered? "There was a lot, 16 months, to try to compress".

Cosby arrived in court Wednesday along with his longtime hair stylist John Achison and Achison's wife, actress Sheila Frazier. They talked for about a half hour until he excused himself.

"He said these will help you relax", she told jurors. "I took the pills and swallowed them down".

He offered her some wine, and she took a sip after his coaxing. But she didn't feel threatened. "I began to slur my words and I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him and I was seeing two of him", she testified.

"He admitted he was a sick man", she said, as the 79-year-old entertainer, sat with his head bowed and shook his head vigorously.

She faded in and out of consciousness, but was soon jolted wake.

After Constand told her mother and her mother challenged Cosby, the actor told her the same thing - "that he felt I had an orgasm" - she testified.

"I felt his hand inside my vagina, moving in and out". Another time, she said, Cosby tried to undo her trousers but took his hand away when she leaned forward and told him: "I'm not here for that". In 2016, after an avalanche of sexual assault allegations and details from depositions during Constand's civil suit against Cosby (he settled with her) were released, Montgomery County prosecutors reopened their case against Cosby and arrested him for indecent assault.