Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn't take stand

Constand's cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday. Over 40 other women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the span of 50 years, but Constand's case is one of the few where the statute of limitations hasn't yet run out.

Taking the stand just after 3:30 PM ET Wednesday, the Toronto-area resident followed Andrea Constand's almost 10-hour testimony that bridged yesterday and today.

In that call a year later, Cosby told the mother what he did sexually with Andrea Constand, "trying to lead me to believe that it was consensual", Gianna Constand said.

Constand's case is expected to get to the jury sometime next week.

Constand testified Wednesday that wasn't the case.

In polite but firm testimony, Gianna Constand recalled that she had noticed a change in her daughter when she moved home from Philadelphia in spring 2004.

"He said to me, 'I apologize to Andrea and I apologize to you, mom'".

Under cross-examination from the defense at the end of the day or what she called "testing my memory about irrelevant things", the testimony of Gianna Constand concluded just after 5:16 PM ET.

The real underlying argument that the defense is making, though, is that the sexual encounters that the women have been sufficiently mendacious or manipulated enough to call assault were actually consensual.

Initially, Constand told police that she did not contact Cosby after the alleged assault, but phone records proved that she had been in contact with Cosby over the phone, the Inquirer reported. Both times, she said, she made it clear she didn't welcome the behaviour.

She was picked out by courtroom staff and directed to the hallway.

Court officials say Allred was complying with rules that require phones be put away.

Tuesday marked her first public appearance since she submitted to a deposition in December 2005, after waiting a year to report the alleged assault.




Constand testified that Cosby had given her three blue pills when she visited him at his home in the Philadelphia suburbs, which left her unable to resist when he sexually assaulted her.

Constand's testimony represents the first time she has spoken out publicly about the incident. She was on the stand for seven hours. Constand said the calls were about Temple women's basketball, and they ended when she stopped working there.

"America loves Bill Cosby", one supporter tells Fox 29.

However, despite the details these witnesses explained during Day 2 of the the trial, and the fact that Johnson reportedly broke down crying while testifying, Johnson's allegations were met with disparaging remarks from Cosby's defense team, including claims that Johnson's story was inconsistent with remarks she made back in 1996.

"Trust me", Cosby told her.

Cosby attended Temple in the 1970s, and he then received an honorary doctorate and worked as a trustee.

The defence has pointed out that phone records show Ms Constand called Mr Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", Constand said, wiping tears from her eyes. Frazier shared screen space with the legendary comedian in the popular comedy film California Suite.

On Monday, Cosby arrived in court with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy on The Cosby Show. Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify.

She says Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers. Constand, who is gay, says it was not. She said she had gone to his house seeking career advice but left feeling violated.

So, when Cosby called the Constand residence again on January 17, Gianna Constand did record the conversation, according to testimony.

About half an hour later, Constand said, she had trouble talking and difficulty moving and was suffering double vision. And those calls in her telling ended up turning friendly.

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