Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mother of alleged Bill Cosby sex assault victim expresses shock, anger

"I would be willing to set up something either in Toronto or wherever the two of you feel she could go to school", he told Gianna on the phone (via Deadline).

The elder Constand in particular jolted the courtroom, especially when she discussed a conversation in which Cosby conceded that "it sounds like I'm a perverted person". If a team of lawyers were to deploy the same strategies against me that they have against Constand and Kelly Johnson-who both say that Cosby drugged them and then used them like warm corpses while they couldn't speak or move-I suspect that the jury would have some issues. Constand hesitated. By her own account, it did seem that she had been generally interested in a career change, though she was looking toward massage therapy, the field she is in now.

The approach led to a somewhat freaky courtroom sequence in which Agrusa tried to play up the romantic qualities of Cosby and Constand's earlier encounters while Constand played them down. "He was manipulating it", she said. "He said, 'But don't worry, mom".

"I called him on the 14th", she said.

McMonagle appears to be trying to tap into jurors' sympathy for an older man with a "warm" public persona and separate that man from one who could be responsible for heinous crimes.

"She continued to do her job", the AP reports that Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said outside court.

Constand's mother, Gianna, told the jury she had a two-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter finally told her that she had been sexually assaulted, and that "The Cosby Show" star assured her there had been no intercourse, only "digital penetration". Agrusa asked, referring to their first dinner.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $33,000 fine. The married actor has always maintained the sex they had was consensual.

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As he had Tuesday, when for the first time Constand publicly described the attack, Cosby spent most of the day staring down at the defense table, avoiding glances in her direction. Cosby's sexual assault trial for allegedly drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, began Monday. They're your friends. They'll take the edge off, ' " she said on the stand.

She managed the women's basketball team at Temple while he was a high-profile trustee.

Utilizing Constand's prior statements to police and phone records from the months before and after the night of the alleged incident in 2004, the defense aimed to draw inconsistencies between Constand's testimony and prior statements to police in early 2005. "He was in a white shirt and trousers", Constand said, slightly annoyed.

At one point, Constand admitted to giving Cosby an illustration of Fat Albert, a well-known cartoon character he created, with her face on it.

At two meetings at his Philadelphia home, Cosby twice tried to initiate physical contact with the then director of operations for women's basketball at Temple University, where the TV star was on the board of trustees. Prosecutors say she was too impaired to give consent. She will return to the witness stand Wednesday.

Agrusa and defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle suggested Andrea Constand gave inconsistent statements to investigators concerning her contact with Cosby before and after the alleged incident and implied her testimony can not be trusted.

Constand testified Wednesday that wasn't the case. She left the courtroom, expressing bafflement because she thought the phone was off, but was allowed back in after a break.

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