Bill Cosby's Chief Accuser Takes Stand, Says She Wants Justice

Bill Cosby's Chief Accuser Takes Stand, Says She Wants Justice

Add Bill Cosby as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bill Cosby news, video, and analysis from ABC News. And I want you to walk her - walk us through her testimony. She said she went over there to talk about a potential career change-at the time, she worked as an administrator for the women's basketball team at his alma mater, Temple University. It's the second time within the year that Constand, one of nearly 60 women accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct, has been able to confront the 80-year-old comedian since the first trial ended in a hung jury last June. He says their encounter was consensual.

Constand is one of dozens of women who have accused the iconic comedian of drugging and then assaulting them, but she is the only one whose allegation became the focus of a criminal charge.

Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau said in an opening statement that Constand framed him to score a big payday.

In describing the alleged assault at Cosby's home near Philadelphia, Constand explained that after she took the blue pills, she felt "very weak" and was "slurring my words".

He said Constand went to Cosby's home at least a half-dozen times and sneaked into bed with him at a CT casino, winning his trust so she could set him up later, he said. That trial ended with a hung jury, setting the stage for this week's courtroom showdown.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is undergoing cross-examination at his sex assault retrial. "They'll help take the edge off.'" Constand asked if she should put them under her tongue, like the herbal remedies they'd discussed.

Wearing a white blazer, orange shirt and grey trousers, Constand spread a blanket over her lap on the witness stand and answered questions in an even tone.

The defense is also likely to challenge Constand's phone records, which show calls to Cosby after the alleged assault.

Cosby's defense team then cross-examined her, pointing out discrepancies between the initial police report she gave in 2005 and comments she made in 2006 in the deposition for her civil suit against Cosby for the alleged assault, according to Deadline. He settled the case for $3.4 million.

Constand said she chose to go to police in January 2005, about a year after the encounter, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training.

O'Neill had blocked the counselor, Marguerite "Margo" Jackson, from testifying at the first trial.

Police take Nicolle Rochelle away from the courthouse after she charged at Bill Cosby on Monday
Police take Nicolle Rochelle away from the courthouse after she charged at Bill Cosby on Monday

Constand stiffed roommates on utility bills, racked up big credit card bills and operated a Ponzi scheme while running women's basketball operations at Temple, where Cosby was an alumnus and trustee, Mesereau said.

BENSHOFF: Yes. In opening statements his lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, made a pretty forceful framing for this idea that Constand is a, quote, "con man".

So when he went upstairs while she was in the bathroom and returned with three round blue pills, she said she assumed they were homeopathic - so-called natural remedies that are often dissolved under the tongue.

Constand is expected to retake the stand Monday when court resumes. If Constand wasn't interested in Cosby's advances, Mesereau said, "Why do you keep going back and back and back and back?" She said she trusted Cosby and thought of him as a mentor, so she took the pill. Just one other accuser was permitted to give evidence at Cosby's first trial.

She says she was still incapacitated and "was not able to do anything" about the assault.

"You're going to be saying to yourself, 'What does she want from Bill Cosby?' and you already know".

Inside the stately old courthouse in this hardscrabble suburban Philadelphia town, the comedian Bill Cosby rocks back and forth in a padded chair reserved for the defendant in a criminal case thick with allegations of drugs and sex.

Cosby's first trial ended in June when a jury deadlocked on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

Cosby's defense attorneys argued this week that Constand was a con artist obsessed with Cosby's fame and money. Cosby, in the lawyer's telling, offered to help, introducing her to a top agent, as well as a prominent director and an agent. Jackson says Constand told her that she could lie about being sexually assaulted by a celebrity in order to make money in a legal settlement. The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He predicted that, when the jury hears Constand's testimony in full, they will ultimately find Cosby not guilty of these crimes.

She's the first in a parade of women whom prosecutors are calling as they try to show Cosby was a serial predator.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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