Cosby Accuser To Resume Testimony In Sex Assault Trial
Jun 13 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, or my legs to move. I was very limp and wasn't able to fight in any way".
"I wanted it to stop", she said, her voice cracking.
Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand in 2004. If Cosby is found guilty, he could spend at least 10 years in prison. Also, Cosby's admission to police that Constand consented to their sexual encounter could be troublesome for him given that Constand is gay.
Johnson testified Monday that she first met Cosby in the 1990s when she was working as an assistant for his agent, Tom Illius, at the William Morris Agency.
She said that she had gone to Mr Cosby's house for dinner when he offered her three blue pills which he said were her "friends" and would help her to relax.
Twenty minutes later, Constand said, she slurred her words, had trouble seeing, her mouth felt cottony, and she had trouble walking.
She alleged that Cosby put his hands under her shirt and on her genitals.
"I trusted him. I wasn't scared of him in any way", said Constand.
The outcome of his trial in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pennsylvania, largely hinges on whether jurors believe Constand's testimony, which came on the trial's second day.
In the courtroom, Cosby sat looking directly at his accuser, frowning and shaking his head at times.
Cosby's legal team highlighted erroneous statements she made to police in 2005, when she first reported the incident, including that she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged 2004 attack. She says that's when Cosbysexually assaulted her. She woke to him fondly her breasts and penetrating her with his fingers, she testified. And she said she was really concerned.
Cosby says he gave Constand Benadryl to relieve stress, insisting their sexual relations were consensual and accusing her of lying.
"I told Mr. Cosby that I could see two of him", she said.
According to Radar's courtroom witness, Cosby's defense attorney Angela Agrusa got off to a rocky start, fumbling through phone records in an attempt to illustrate that Constand continued to reach out to the actor several times after the alleged assault. Constand said the calls mostly concerned the women's basketball team.
Johnson said she called her mom, who told her to go to the human resources department, which she did.
"I was very concerned", she continued.
Afterward, Constand said, "I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused". Allyn reports that the woman was subjected to a tough cross-examination by Cosby's attorney, who attempted to show that her memory was incorrect. Their questioning will continue on Wednesday. She later amended that account to sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004, while on Tuesday she said it took place in early January.
Demonstrating Constand's awareness of Cosby's romantic interest would have little bearing on whether she gave consent during the interaction in question. In a previous appearance on TODAY, she wanted to remind the public of all the good Cosby has done.
On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story.
What was Cosby's alleged crime? . Cosby grinned at the defense table as she struggled to explain them.
When she asked if they were herbal, he nodded, she told jurors.
Johnson told a similar story in 1996, when she gave sworn testimony in a deposition attached to a workers' compensation claim.