NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The woman at the center of Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial took the stand Tuesday and gave a disturbing play-by-play of the night she was allegedly drugged and molested by the TV pioneer 13 years ago.
In a shaky voice, Andrea Constand recalled taking three blue pills Cosby gave her to help her “relax” after she arrived at his home in Elkins Park, just outside Philadelphia, in January 2004 to discuss her potential career change.
“I said, ‘What are they, are they natural, are they herbal?’ He nodded his head and said, ‘Put them down, they’ll help you relax.’ I said, ‘Three of them?’ He nodded,” testified Constand, wearing a light blue suit jacket, white top and cream-colored pants.
Cosby, who’d been mentoring her for about 18 months at that point after the two met at Temple University, then told her to have some wine.
“He said, ‘Just taste it, it’s an old bottle,’” Constand remembered.
That’s when the effects of the pills began to hit her.
“After several minutes of talking, I began to slur my words. I also told Mr. Cosby I [had] trouble seeing him,” she said. “My mouth was very cottony. I wasn’t able to speak without getting a buildup of white stuff around my mouth. I said, ‘I’m seeing two of you, I’m slurring my words.’”
But Cosby insisted that she just needed to relax and led her to a couch.
Constand, now 44 and working as a massage therapist, testified that she doesn’t remember passing out.
“I was jolted conscious, jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby’s hand groping my breasts, under my shirt,” she recalled, sniffling and visibly shaking on the stand. “I felt his hand inside my vagina, moving in and out. And I felt him take my hand, place it on his penis and move it back and forth.”
“Did you ask him to stop?” asked prosecutor Kristen Feden.
“I wasn’t able to. In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move and my legs to move and those messages were frozen. They didn’t get there. They were limp and I wasn’t able to get there, to fight, to get away.
“I wanted it to stop,” she added, her voice quivering.