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Cosby accuser says she couldn’t ‘fight him off’

  • Andrea Constand, center, chief accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, returns from lunch during the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Andrea Constand walks while breaking for lunch during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Constand, Bill Cosby's chief accuser, took the witness stand Friday. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Andrea Constand walks while breaking for lunch during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Constand, Cosby's chief accuser, took the witness stand Friday. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Bill Cosby gestures to supporters as he departs his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Bill Cosby, left bottom, is kissed on the hand by a fan, as he leaves for the day from his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Bill Cosby smiles as he departs his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Bill Cosby signs a book for a family as he departs his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Andrea Constand, left, chief accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, hugs a friend after returning from lunch during the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Andrea Constand, chief accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, hugs a friend after returning from lunch during the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Andrea Constand, chief accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, returns from lunch, spotting a friend, during the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine

  • Andrea Constand, chief accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, leaves for the day from Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) Corey Perrine



Associated Press
Friday, April 13, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser took the witness stand for the second time to tell a story of molestation and broken trust, describing for jurors how the comedian knocked her out with three blue pills and then sexually assaulted her at his home.

“I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off,” said Andrea Constand, who found herself in the same cavernous courtroom on Friday less than a year after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges against Cosby.

Her harrowing account of the events in 2004 was consistent with the one she gave at last year’s trial in suburban Philadelphia, and jurors watched intently and scribbled notes as she told how Cosby, the good-guy celebrity she viewed as a mentor and friend, had betrayed her.

“Ms. Constand, why are you here?” prosecutor Kristen Feden asked.

“For justice,” Constand said.

The defense has blasted Constand as a “con artist” who leveled false accusations against the star as part of a scheme to get money from him.

During cross-examination Friday, Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau went through a thick binder of Constand’s police statements and prior testimony as he tried to poke holes in her story. But the jury heard only minor discrepancies between what she said in the past and her account on the witness stand.

Cosby also owns a home in Shelburne, Mass.

Under questioning by the prosecution, Constand said Cosby offered her pills and a sip of wine after she said she was “stressed” about telling the Temple basketball coach of her plans to leave to study massage therapy in her native Canada. She said Cosby, a Temple alum and powerful trustee, called the pills “your friends” and told her they would “help take the edge off.”

Instead, Constand said, the pills made her black out. She awoke to find the actor known as “America’s Dad” penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis.

She said she wanted Cosby to stop but couldn’t say anything. She tried moving her arms and legs but couldn’t do that either.

Constand said she awoke between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. to find her bra up around her neck and her pants half unzipped. She said Cosby stopped her as she went to leave: “All he said was there’s a muffin and tea on the table and then, ‘All right’ and then I left.”

Afterward, Constand said, “I was really humiliated. I was in shock. And I was really confused.”

The now 80-year-old entertainer has said he gave Constand the cold medicine Benadryl and that she consented to a sexual encounter.