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Cosby's accuser stands by her story under cross-examination

12 June 2017

Constand's testimony is expected to continue when the trial resumes in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.

She managed the women's basketball team at Temple while he was a high-profile trustee. The next day, she bought a recording device and waited to see if Cosby would call back.

The playing of the tape coincided with the appearance on the witness stand of Gianna Constand, who proved to be a significant prosecution ally and a formidable adversary for Cosby's defense team.

Agrusa and defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle suggested Andrea 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.

"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Constand replied. "I don't want that", Ms Constand recalled telling him.

"So you knew - you were alone at his home - that Mr Cosby was interested in you romantically?"

In particular, Temple University employee Andrea was having a lot of nightmares, Gianni said, claiming she would wake up screaming and in a sweat.

"I did not place that many, but there were several, yes", Constand said, maintaining composure throughout the over three-hour cross-examination, sharing that any information not immediately disclosed to police was simply because she hadn't been asked.

"You're coming to the man that assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?" she said.

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Andrea Constand, 44, brushed aside those suggestions as lawyer Angela Agrusa tried for a second day in a row to pick apart her testimony.

The situations became questionable when it was clear that Constand would return to his home after denying his attempts. He then apologized to Andrea and her mother, Gianna Constand said.

When her daughter accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her at his Cheltenham mansion after plying her with pills and incapacitating her, Gianna Constand said her motherly instinct kicked in and she wanted to confront Cosby about the alleged January 2004 assault.

The accusation was blunted by Constand, who said that while she had sought to obtain the phone bills, but "never got a hold of my phone records".

Breaking down in tears, she told the courtroom, "They were good friends". She viewed him like a father.

"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. "He said to me, 'I apologize to Constand and I apologize to you, '" the mother told the jury, adding that Cosby also offered to pay for any therapy her daughter needed.

The mother testified about two phone calls she had with Cosby in January 2005, one lasting more than two hours and another, much shorter call the next day.

The defense, too, remained mum about whom it might call - a list that could include Bruce L. Castor Jr., the Montgomery County district attorney who declined in 2005 to prosecute Constand's case, citing concerns about her ability to withstand challenges to her credibility. During the next home visit, she described the incident in which Cosby gave her pills that paralyzed her. "If nothing else", O'Connor says, "I think that this implores people to support [others] when they come forward and share their story and to take every opportunity they can to learn about the types of things that can happen in their own community". She insisted the relationship was strictly professional.

Allred represents more than a dozen of the 50-plus women who have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. The charges were lodged against Cosby before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.