February 22, 2018

What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial

07 June 2017, 07:00 | Felicia Parsons



But Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his on-screen daughter in The Cosby Show, did accompany him on the first day. On Tuesday, in a Pennsylvania courtroom, she told her story publicly for the first time. The July 2016 issue of New York Magazine features 35 women, all from different walks of life, with one stunning singularity between them: Each of them has claimed that Cosby used his power and influence as a pop culture icon to assault and harass them.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby's primary accuser took the stand at his trial Tuesday and gave her version of what happened inside Cosby's Montgomery County home more than a decade ago.

"I wasn't able to", she said. I don't want that.

Mr Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

While she was directly examining Constand, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden introduced two audio recordings as pieces of evidence.

Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and collected as she testified, looking at the jury as she began describing the assault.

"She couldn't say no", Feden said.

"They're your friends", she recalled him saying when he handed her the pills.

Cosby maintains only that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress, insists their sexual relations were consensual and accuses her of lying.

Afterwards, she said, "I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused".

In cross-examination, Cosby's lawyers highlighted several conflicting statements Johnson previously made about the attack - including that she once said in a deposition that the attack occurred in 1990.

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Constand, 44, said that Cosby then proceeded to digitally penetrate her and forced her to give him a hand job. And after they talked about that for a little while at Cosby's residence outside of Philadelphia, she says he went upstairs and returned with some pills. He would sometimes invite her to dinners at his house either alone or with others. "And I said, 'I did not. I also told Mr. Cosby I [had] trouble seeing him", she said. Also in the works: Testimony from a toxicologist, and more recordings - this time, from Cosby himself, as he testified during the civil lawsuit he and Constand later settled.

QUOTE: "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen. I didn't want to be in sports broadcasting that bad".

The defense has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women's basketball team, especially around tournament time.

"We think we really know them", she said. "So I just went along with it".

The prosecution and defense questioned why Constand waited a year before reporting the alleged assault to police and met with lawyers before going to law enforcement.

Constand isn't his only alleged victim on the stand. Cosby grinned at the defence table as she struggled to explain them. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaul. She awoke in bed next to Mr Cosby, her clothes undone, it is claimed.

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story. She began testifying under direct examination around 2 p.m., and when she was called by prosecutors, she sat up straight on the witness stand, smiled a bit and continuously made eye contact with the jury.

Sewell said they didn't go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue.

Sewell said it was only later that she learned the specifics of their encounter.

But Miller's timeline differed somewhat from Johnson's.

The trial's first witness was Kelly Johnson of Atlanta, who worked for one of Cosby's agents at the William Morris Agency.

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