Accuser Back On The Stand At Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial

"I don't condone sexual assault in any way, shape or form, but, at the end of the day, our court system is set up ... you're innocent until proven guilty..." she said. Cosby then penetrated her with his hand and also placed her hand on his penis and moved it back and forth, she said.

At one point, Constand told police the incident likely occurred on March 16, 2004, after dinner with several people. Constand was the women's basketball team manager at Cosby's alma mater. "He said put them down". "They'll take the edge off". "I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts under my shirt".

The 79-year-old comedian stared down at the defence table, resting a hand across his forehead, as Constand described the encounter.

Cosby - a pioneer for black comedians and TV stars - then led her to a couch.

Andrea Constand, the key prosecution witness, told jurors on Tuesday in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom that Cosby gave her unidentified pills at his home that he claimed would help her relax.

Cross-examination of the alleged victim continued in day three of Bill Cosby's aggravated indecent assault trial in Montgomery County.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

"I was mistaken", Constand said, referring to the type of meal they had.

Before Tuesday, Ms Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006.

She says she felt "frozen" during the whole ordeal, and that she kept trying to move her arms and legs to "fight him away", but she couldn't.

But Ms Constand said her vision started to blur about 20 minutes after taking the pills.

Feden said that Constand stopped calling Cosby after leaving her job at Temple.

"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.

It is the same method he is said to have used in the alleged attack on Ms Constand.

Prosecutors played a recording of the call, in which Cosby offered to pay for Constand's education.

Constand was direct and polite under cross-examination, even when Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa's questioning grew pointed and accusatory.

Cosby's life and legacy are on the line when his accuser takes the stand in the only criminal case to emerge from the dozens of sexual assault allegations lodged against the actor. But her demeanour changed when the testimony switched to the night in question.

Other details did match up. Constand says she didn't tell anyone what happened out of loyalty to the women's basketball team which she managed at the time.

She replied by saying she trusted him and didn't think he'd take things any further.

But Mr Miller's timeline differed from Ms Johnson's. "I don't remember passing out", she said as she grew emotional. She also said she received another call in which her daughter claimed Cosby was pressuring her boss, the comedian's agent, to get rid of her. "A mentor", she said. Specifically, lawyers who specialize in sexual-assault lawsuits. Cosby, whose attorneys said is legally blind, is not expected to testify.

  • Marlene Weaver