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Bill Cosby accuser tells sex assault trial there was no prior romance

10 June 2017

Constand's mother, Gianna, told the jury she had a two-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter finally told her that she had been sexually assaulted, and that "The Cosby Show" star assured her there had been no intercourse, only "digital penetration".

Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 police interview that he fondled Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement also introduced in court on Thursday.

The suburban Philadelphia jury on Wednesday heard trial accuser Andrea Constand offer her most direct denial yet that any of their earlier meetings were romantic.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Agrusa asked this morning. "What'd you say?" he said. "He said, 'But don't worry, mom".

Constand kept her cool on the stand, explaining simply that her report took place months after the fact, all the way in January of 2005.

"No, I was reclining with my elbow, with my feet off the bed", Constand replied. Appearing unrattled, Constand attributed her recollection mistakes to human error.

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We saw this when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced sexual assaulter Brock Allen Turner to just six months in jail because Persky believed a "prison sentence would have a severe impact" on Turner; we saw it when some media outlets focused on the "promising futures" of the teenaged attackers in the Steubenville rape case rather than the shattered life of the survivor.

"I wanted to know what pills he had given me", Constand said.

Montgomery County Deputy D.A. Kristen Feden highlighted Constand's phone record pattern of calling her own cell number, which indicated checking her voicemail, then placing a call to Cosby, then a member on Temple University's Board of Trustees.

"She continued to do her job", Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said outside court. The 79-year-old entertainer, once known as "America's dad" for his role in the 1980s television series "The Cosby Show", has denied all wrongdoing.

The next time she visited Mr Cosby's home, to discuss her future with the women's basketball team, she said the pills Mr Cosby gave her left her incapacitated as he grabbed her breast and touched her genitals.

"He said, 'I feel bad telling you this, I sound like a perverted person, I sound like a pervert, '" Gianna said.

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But Constand said Wednesday she was merely returning his messages.

Under cross-examination from the defense at the end of the day or what she called "testing my memory about irrelevant things", the testimony of Gianna Constand concluded just after 5:16 PM ET. Agrusa's defense of Cosby centers around the idea while he admits there was a sexual encounter, that it was consensual, and that for a long time after the events of that night at Cosby's house, he and Constand remained friendly and in touch.

In his testimony, he said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. She previously testified that Cosby made sexual advances that night, which she said she rebuffed.

"I called him on the 14th, " Constand answered evenly. The defense has tried to characterize both women as professionally eager and malleable, looking for a career change that they knew Cosby could facilitate.

Defense attorneys pointed to phone records showing that Constand called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault. She recalled both times in which he became more aggressively flirtatious and attempted to undress her - even though she had made it clear that they were only friends.

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