What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 1:47
Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Security guards said the entire trial was quieter than the days proceeding, when curious community members and media packed the halls of the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania courtroom.
(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP).
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his sex-crimes trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of often tedious cross-examination that didn't produce the stumbles the TV star might have hoped for.
Prosecutors said that the records indicate Constand would check her voicemail and return the calls that Cosby made to her work cell phone.
The 75-year-old attorney says she was baffled because she thought the phone was turned off.
On day three of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the comedian's defence team attempted to paint his accuser's testimony as inconsistent and their relationship as consensual - even romantic.
I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth.
"The lights were dim and the fire was going, correct?" an attorney asked Ms Constand.
The former Temple University employee told the court that, after taking the pills, her legs became "rubbery", adding, "I don't really remember passing out".
It was the first time Constand has ever told her story in such a public fashion.
"You knew Mr Cosby was married, right?"
Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from dozens of women, though Constand's accusation is the only one to lead to criminal charges. If convicted, the comedian once beloved as "America's Dad" could receive a prison sentence of 10 years. Those statements included Constand's claim that she had never been alone with Cosby before.
Agrusa seized on the seeming contradiction: "You were going to confront the man you say assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?"
Cosby lawyers say Constand called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault.
Constand also testified that the comedian had touched her inappropriately prior to that night, telling the court that he "commented on my trousers and touched the side of my waist and took his hand and attempted to unbutton my button..."
If lawyers, who believe the trial will last about two weeks, then this case looks like it might be more than a mini-series.
At times, Agrusa stumbled over dates and details in her questions, confusing July for January, and "Canadian police" for the department in Cheltenham Township, where Cosby's home is situated, prompting a prosecutor to ask for clarification.
IN THE GALLERY: Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several Cosby accusers, caused a stir when her cellphone rang during Constand's cross-examination. She will return to the witness stand Wednesday.
She managed the women's basketball team at Temple while he was a high-profile trustee.
Constand has told jurors how her professional relationship with the Temple University trustee evolved into a friendship.
Feden said that Constand stopped calling Cosby after leaving her job at Temple.
Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.