"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", Andrea Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the basketball program at Temple University, said in their long-awaited courtroom confrontation. "They were limp and I wasn't able to get there, to fight, to get away". If convicted, he could face up to a decade in prison.
The defense questioned Constand's credibility pointing to phone records after the incident showing she called Cosby the same morning she contacted lawyers. But when she reported the alleged attack to Canadian police on January 13, 2005, she said it happened in March 2004, after she'd gone out to dinner with Cosby and others at Central High School in Philadelphia, Cosby's defense lawyers said. She recalled Cosby assisted her to a couch, placed a pillow under her neck, and with her in a stupor because of the pills he fed her, began his assault.
The defense has suggested that her repeated calls to him show the encounter was consensual. She sat in her living room and told Mason and two other officers about being drugged and assaulted by Cosby a year earlier. Prior to the start of proceedings, she approached the defense table, where Cosby rose and warmly greeted her.
While Cosby is on trial for the allegations made by Constand, a total of 58 women have alleged that he has committed similar indecent acts against them, including high-profile supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
Buress did not know it at the time, but the joke would make him an immediate household name - and it simultaneously changed the lives of almost 50 women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them. Constand used to work in the athletics department at Cosby's alma mater Temple University, and she first met him in 2001.
"My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out", she said, crying. "Of course she was calling him back".
After more than 10 years of silence, Andrea Constand finally told her story. Asked why she felt she needed a lawyer, Constand replied, "I felt that if I had gone to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me", she said, "that he would try to hurt me or my family in some way". "I don't want that".
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Defense attorney Angela Agrusa spent hours going over Constand's phone records, zeroing in on ones made on March 16, 2004, during the timeframe she had previously alleged the assault took place. While Cosby's lawyers hope this will show their client's innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories. "I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world", she responded in tears.
"I don't know what that means", answered Constand. "I just wanted to go home".
In January 2004, Constand said, Cosby invited her to his house again to discuss her career options.
"She said Mr. Cosby asked her to meet her at the Bel-Air Hotel to talk about her career...." Their questioning will continue on Wednesday.
Ms Johnson testified on Monday that the comedian had drugged and assaulted her when she worked for the William Morris Agency in 1996. "She couldn't say 'no'". She is one of the five-dozen women who have come forward since October 2014 to accuse Cosby of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s. Cosby then [assaulted her], she said.
Sewell said they didn't go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue. But she didn't feel threatened.