Andrea Constand testifies at Bill Cosby's retrial for the first time

Cosby's main accuser to testify in sexual assault case

I was in shock. "And I was really confused".

In the deposition, Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl. She's getting a second chance to confront Cosby in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury. She testified that Cosby gave her wine as they rehearsed a scene in which she portrayed a drunken woman. Speaking in a silky baritone, Mesereau portrayed Constand as a "con artist" who used the knowledge she gained in two college courses on sexual assault to execute an elaborate scheme to extract a multimillion-dollar legal settlement from Cosby. "He got the picture".

During a spirited cross-examination, Cosby's defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, asked why a passage in Dickinson's 2002 book about the Lake Tahoe visit does not say she and Cosby had sex.

"My thoughts were that he was a well-respected Temple advocate and trustee", she told the court. "I remember thinking how wrong it was - how very, very wrong it was".

Andrea Constand began giving evidence on Friday at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.

Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting another woman at his home in 2004.

He said Constand went to Cosby's home at least a half-dozen times and sneaked into bed with him at a CT casino, winning his trust so she could set him up later, he said.

"Ms. Constand, why are you here?" prosecutor Kristen Feden asked.

The once pioneering African American entertainer, dressed smartly in a dark navy suit, tie and white shirt, looked variously toward Constand and down at the table as she spoke.

"You're going to be wondering: What did she want from Bill Cosby?". "So I took them". "I wanted it to stop; I couldn't say a thing. You're supposed to help me be successful".

"My next memory was getting up off the couch, seeing, my bra was up around my neck and my trousers were kind of half unzipped", Constand continued. Why are you doing this to me. As the chief accuser against Cosby, her testimony will be central in the criminal case against him. She sipped the tea, took the top of the muffin and drove herself home.

Constand says the pills instead made her black out.

Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha and Janice Baker-Kinney have each testified over the past few days that Cosby incapacitated them with drugs or wine and then assaulted them in separate incidents in 1984, 1986 and 1982, respectively.

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The prosecutio's first witness was Dr Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist who discussed some common misunderstandings - "rape myths" as she called them.

"I told her Mr. Cosby had sexually violated me, that he had given me three blue pills and he had sexually violated me without my consent", Constand testified.

"My life was never the same", she said. "And after a very short time on the telephone with my mom there, he eventually apologized for what he did". She didn't call him back, she testified.

Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau is poring over inconsistencies in Constand's statements to police about the alleged assault. Mesereau noted that one report said the alleged assault took place in March, while other police reports said it occurred in January.

But those efforts went nowhere, Mesereau said, and Constand left Temple, returning to Canada broke and unemployed.

Cosby's legal team at his first trial wasn't almost as aggressive in attacking Constand, focusing instead on inconsistencies in her statements to police and arguing the pair had a romantic relationship.

She said Cosby led to her to a couch, laid her down and she lost consciousness.

Constand said her next memory was waking up between 4 and 5 a.m, with her bra around her neck and her trousers "half unzipped".

"It says possible intercourse, but you didn't tell them that?"

Frequently, Ziv said, victims go back to perpetrators and even re-enter a relationship in the hope of understanding what happened and minimizing its significance.

The 80-year-old comedian walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse where accuser Andrea Constand is expected to take the stand Friday. "I wasn't threatened and I didn't judge him". "I can remember feeling anger, disgust, and ashamed". The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness, and Mesereau said she will testify that Constand - inspired by a story they saw on the news - mused about setting up a celebrity so she could sue and get money. She was a member of a European feminist group known for staging topless protests and appeared as a child on "The Cosby Show".

"He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odor", she said.

"I could barely move".

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