Andrea Constand gives graphic testimony at Bill Cosby trial

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.

A “humiliated” Constand said she confronted Cosby a short time later at his house – but that he only dodged her questions.

“He looked at me and said, ‘I thought you had an orgasm, didn’t you?’” she said. “I said, ‘I did not, I just want to know what you gave me.’ He said, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait’ and he wanted to speak to me near where the incident occurred.”

“I realized he was not going to tell me what he gave me that night. I was under the impression it was herbal but he was evasive with me so I left.”

At times during the first hour of Constand’s testimony, Cosby — who claims he is blind — sat slumped in his chair, elbow on table and appeared to be staring off into space.

He turned his head away when, earlier during the proceeding, Constand was asked to point him out in court and describe what he was wearing.

The curly-haired Canadian was working as the director of basketball operations at Temple University in Philadelphia when she first met Cosby, an alumnus of the school.

“He was a Temple friend, someone I trusted, a mentor and somewhat of an older figure to me,” Constand told jurors. “Anything to do with preparing for me to be in front of a camera, he may have spoken to me about that. But getting headshots or take acting classes, I didn’t have the time to do, or the money to do it. I didn’t want to be in sports broadcasting that bad.”

She said Cosby first got handsy with her the very first time he’d invited her over for dinner at his Elkins Park home.

She said she was just finishing up dinner his personal chef had cooked her when Cosby came downstairs to chat with her about Temple.

“I remember that evening, Mr. Cosby sat very closely to me and put his hand on my thigh,” Constand recalled. “I knew his hand was there. I just kind of moved away. I was getting ready to go home.

“It was the first time he put his hand on my thigh, it was the first time he touched me,” she added, her strong voice wavering slightly at the word “touching.”

Constand described several other times she traveled to hang out with Cosby, including for dinner New York City and at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Sometimes, she said, Cosby reimbursed her for her trip.

He also arranged for her to meet an agent with William Morris Agency, which represented him at the time.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which carry up to 10 years each. He’s maintained that his sexual contact with Constand was consensual.


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