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Bill Cosby accuser stands by her story

 
Published June 8, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his sex-crimes trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of often ponderous cross-examination that didn't produce the stumbles the TV star might have hoped for.

Calm and composed, Andrea Constand brushed off suggestions she and Cosby had a romantic relationship before the 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

And she explained away the numerous phone calls she made to him afterward by saying she was merely returning Cosby's messages about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where he was a powerful member of the board of trustees and she was director of team operations.

Constand, 44, left the witness stand after some seven hours of testimony over two days, during which she told the jury that the comedian gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

Constand's mother followed her on the stand and bolstered her account. Gianna Constand told the jury that she was distraught to learn what Cosby had done to her daughter.

"They were good friends. She viewed him like a father. He is 10 years older than even her own father," the mother testified, breaking down on the stand.

Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. The 79-year-old comedian once dubbed America's Dad could spend his life in prison if convicted.

Cosby's lawyers have argued that the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual and have cited phone records showing she called the TV star 53 times afterward, including one call that lasted 20 minutes.