Criminal Justice

Bill Cosby's accuser testifies he gave her three blue pills before sexual assault

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Andrea Constand told jurors on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom that Bill Cosby gave her three blue pills, saying they would help her relax, before he sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Constand said she was “frozen” and unable to move her hands or legs as a result of taking the pills, report the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, ABC News and the Wilmington News Journal.

“I wanted it to stop” she said, but was unable to fight.

Constand said that, after she took the pills, Cosby led her to the couch and she lost consciousness. She awakened to find Cosby groping her and penetrating her with his hand.

Constand, a former Temple University employee, said she had viewed Cosby as a mentor. Cosby had attended Temple, and Constand had met him when she worked for the women’s basketball team.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Defense lawyers pointed out that Constand called Cosby 53 times after he assaulted her, but she said the calls mostly involved the basketball team, and were more business-related than personal. Constand also said she stayed in contact with Cosby because she feared for her job.

Constand acknowledged on cross-examination that she initially told police she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged assault. In court on Tuesday, Constand said she had been alone with Cosby before the incident.

On one of those occasions, she said, Cosby tried to unbutton her pants but she told him, “I’m not here for that.” Another time, she said, he placed his hand on her thigh. She said she continued to visit Cosby because “I wasn’t scared of someone making a pass at me or an advance at me.”

Another woman testified on Monday that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her. The testimony was allowed to show an alleged pattern of prior bad acts by the actor and comedian.

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