Bill Cosby's Accuser Grilled for Alleged Inconsistencies in Story
10 Juin, 2017, 21:31 | Author: Claudine Rigal
Constand alleges the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.
Constand confirmed this was true, but said that at the time she made the claim, she had been trying to access her phone records from Temple University, her employer, to pin down when the alleged assault occurred. She clarified today that Cosby had called and invited her to his Pennsylvania house for dinner.
"No, ma'am, he never said a word to me", Constand said.
"She could go to school", he said.
At the defense table, Cosby leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, during some of Constand's testimony, shook his head.
Agrusa has suggested that Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault.
She provided that date during a January 18, 2005, interview with cops. "I was obviously very distraught at. just the fact that he betrayed her". She said she felt his hand in her vagina and he placed her hand on his penis. Gianna Constand told the jury that she was distraught to learn what Cosby had done to her daughter.
Gianna Constand also critiqued Agrusa's line of questioning.
Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault.
The defense lawyer sought to show that Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged assault.
She says Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers.
Constand quickly defended her actions, arguing that she was obligated to keep communication open with Cosby on official Temple University business, and more importantly, to find out what pill he gave her that night. "This man was a trustee at Temple. There was a nice mood", Ms Agrusa began, paraphrasing Ms Constand's 2005 statement to police. "Of course she was calling him back". Tearfully, she said she felt humiliated and confused after she drove away from Cosby's estate the next morning. She has previously testified that she did not immediately share her allegations with police or her family. Where McMonagle alleged Constand lay in bed with him, she contended she sat on the bed next to him.
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Throughout the cross-examination, Cosby seemed distracted and as if he didn't have a care in the world. She testified in graphic detail about the evening in 2004, when she claims he drugged and sexually assaulted her.
"They were good friends. They'll take the edge off", she recalled Cosby telling her. "I said, 'I trust you.' I took the pills, and I swallowed the pills down".
Demonstrating Constand's awareness of Cosby's romantic interest would have little bearing on whether she gave consent during the interaction in question.
On Tuesday, Constand had said, "I trusted him", adding, "I wasn't scared if something became a pass at me or became an advance at me". "If she wanted to do that, then I would be willing to. pay for the schooling". At the same time, Constand said, she was bringing Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance.
The dramatic scene was more than a dozen years in the making. She sued in civil court, and Cosby settled the case in 2006.
He's maintained that his sexual contact with Constand was consensual.
Defense attorneys have pointed to inconsistencies in Constand's testimony and questioned why she waited a year to report the alleged assault to police.
"I was really scared", Constand said. "It was a lot of confusion putting a lot of dates together".
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
Neither Camille nor any of their four daughters have been seen so far at Cosby's trial; on the first day, Monday, Cosby's former TV daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on The Cosby Show, was by his side, declaring her continuing support for her TV dad.
Cosby starred in "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "I Spy" and "The Cosby Show". Cosby is one of Temple's most famous alumni and a big supporter of the team. In later years, Cosby became somewhat of a public moralizer, speaking out against what he saw as the failings of the African-American community in raising children.
Cosby is facing a jury of seven men and five women. Two jurors are black. But parts of Cosby's deposition in that lawsuit, expected to be used by the prosecution against him at the trial, were released in the summer of 2015.
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