Cosby trial: Andrea Constand ‘frozen in sex attack’

On Tuesday, the second day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Andrea Constand gave her first public testimony on allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.”In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen”. She said she moved away, told him that she was not interested in a physical relationship and left the house.Other details of Constand’s account also shifted in statements to police and in a deposition during her civil lawsuit in 2005. She also said Cosby was mentoring her for a career in sports broadcast.Constand says Cosby, whom she considered a mentor, plied her with pills and wine before sexually assaulting her on his couch after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers.The stage was set for her testimony after prosecutors used the first day and a half of the trial to argue that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.According to WHYY reporter Laura Benshoff, who spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered, Constand described meeting Cosby at a Temple basketball game, where he inquired about some facilities in the women’s locker room.”I said I trust you”, she recalled saying at the time. It’s unsure what exactly Constand will say when she takes the stand, but chances are she will be thoroughly questioned about her experiences of the night of the incident, as well as how she handled it afterward.Cosby’s defense team, led by Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, began cross-examination late Tuesday, pressing Constand on why she kept calling Cosby after the encounter, on why she waited a year to report it to authorities, and why she failed to tell police that she and Cosby were friends and that she had met alone with him several times before, including times when he touched her inappropriately and she fended him off.”It was a very big burden on me, but one that I didn’t have the courage at the time to tell my family about”, she said.”Mr. Cosby looked at me and said, ‘I thought you had an orgasm, didn’t you?’ I said, ‘I did not”. I wasn’t there. I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist and giving back millions of dollars to education and schools. “I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself”, Constand explained.She said she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber.Upon leaving the courtroom, Cosby laughed and said “Hey, Hey, Hey”, his Fat Albert catchphrase, apparently in reply to an onlooker who was singing the theme song from the 1970s cartoon. While Cosby’s lawyers hope this will show their client’s innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories.However, Constand claimed Cosby made a “suggestive” advance towards her during their fourth dinner together, after no previous incidents. I have no recollection until at some point later I was jolted awake… and I felt Mr. Cosby’s hand groping my breasts under my shirt.Cosby was “somebody I trusted”, Constand said.Mr Cosby’s wife of 53 years was not seen with him as he entered the court in Norristown, near Philadelphia, on Monday or Tuesday.Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which carry up to 10 years each.She came out of nowhere, Andrea Constand did, swooping in without notice, all dressed in white, a blizzard in June.”She changed considerably”, Patricia Sewell said in court. “So I just went along with it”.