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Bill Cosby's legal team attack sex assault accuser's credibility


The chef accuser in famed comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said she shot down the actor's casual advances twice before she found herself unable to fight him off the night he gave her pills described as herbal supplements.

She said: "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, get my legs to move, but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there".

"I said, 'I trust you, ' and I swallowed the pills", she told jurors.

79-year-old Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, which he denies.

Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable in the iconic series The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, entered the Montgomery County Courthouse arm in arm with the 78-year-old comedian on Monday.

Constand told her Cosby returned from the dinner table in his home that night and opened his hand to show her three blue pills.

The defense asked her why she had called Cosby 53 times after the alleged assault, to which Constand said they were about the women's basketball team and often during a tournament period, and that "it had more to do with business than it did with me personally".

She said Cosby then penetrated her with his hand and also placed her hand on his penis and moved it back and forth.

After a series of phone calls, Constand said Cosby began inviting her dinner at his house and other events, such as a jazz concert in NY. Gianna Constand told the jury that she was distraught to learn what Cosby had done to her daughter. Pennsylvania prosecutors brought criminal charges against Cosby in late 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was to run out.

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Andrea Constand, 44, shared her account publicly for the first time on the second day of Mr Cosby's trial. She testified she had responded that she did not. But in the end, it will come down, I believe, to one thing: Does the jury believe Constand is telling the truth? In court on Tuesday, Constand said she had been alone with Cosby before the incident.

Constand took the stand later on, and as the Washington Post puts it, her testimony was "the marquee moment" for the trial. "I began to slur my words and I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him and I was seeing two of him", she recalled.

The massage therapist said that she could not move for the next 20-30 minutes.

She said she awoke in the early morning, quietly passing Cosby in the kitchen as she left so she could make it to her Temple office on time. When she confronted Cosby, Constand claims that he said, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?"

Constand said that, after she took the pills, Cosby led her to the couch and she lost consciousness. While Cosby's lawyers hope this will show their client's innocence, Constand had another explanation for any differences in her stories.

She said she feared speaking out at the time because Cosby was "the biggest celebrity in the world".

In 2006, the comedian settled with Ms Constand after providing an undisclosed cash sum to her.

"My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out", she said, crying. Johnson gave the deposition while pursuing a claim that she'd developed debilitating stress from her job as a secretary at the talent agency representing Cosby.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Johnson has done.

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