Andrea Constand testified Friday at the retrial of comedian Bill Cosby, detailing his alleged assault of her in 2004 and saying that she was she was there at the Pennsylvania court for “justice.”
Former Temple University employee Constand, who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his home in 2004, told the court that she arrived at the comedian’s home to discuss her career. After arriving, Constand testified, she had a sip of wine and was given three blue pills by Cosby, who told her that they would “help take the edge off.”
Constand said that she “began to see double vision,” and that her legs felt rubbery and she began to slur her words. She told the court that the comedian walked her to another room where there was a sofa.
Constand told the court that at one point she was “jolted awake,” and Cosby was beside her, and her vagina was being forcefully penetrated.
“I felt my breasts being touched,” Constand testified, adding that the comedian put her hand on his penis and masturbated himself with it.
Constand said that she “was not able to do a thing to fight back,” unable to verbally tell him to stop or to move away.
“I wanted it to stop,” Constand testified.
Constand, who said she felt “really humiliated” and “in shock” from the incident, told the court that she next remembered getting off the couch with her bra around her neck and her pants unzipped, sometime between 4 and 5 a.m. As she moved to the door, Constand said, Cosby was standing in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room in a robe, told her there was a muffin and tea on the table. She said she didn’t confront him at the time because she was “just so confused,” but the situation began to sink in on the drive home.
Constand told the court that she tried to confront Cosby a couple of months later when the comedian invited her to Chinese food in downtown Philadephia, but there were a “lot of people” present. They later spoke at Cosby’s home, Constand said, but the comedian was “very evasive with me,” saying, “I thought you had an orgasm.” Constand said that she informed him that she didn’t, ultimately losing her courage and leaving.
Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from Constand’s accusation that the comedian molesting her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.
Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.
Constand’s testimony was preceded earlier in the week by a number of other accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, who testified in part that she wanted to “punch him in the face” when she confronted after, she said, he raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982.
During opening statements, Cosby defense attorney Tom Mesereau painted Constand as a “con artist,” saying that she had a history of financial problems until she hit the jackpot with Cosby.
Constand previously sued Cosby over her accusations, receiving a settlement that was revealed during the retrial to be $3.38 million.