Bill Cosby's Accuser Takes The Stand In Sexual Assault Trial


"What are they - are they natural? They're your friends; they'll take the edge off", she said.

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

Constand, 44, said that Cosby then proceeded to digitally penetrate her and forced her to give him a hand job. "I just want to know what you gave me", Constand testified, according to People magazine.

Cosby, sitting across the room at the defense table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head. Under the terms of that settlement, Constand was unable to speak publicly about the alleged assault until her courtroom testimony on Tuesday. She recalled Cosby assisted her to a couch, placed a pillow under her neck, and with her in a stupor because of the pills he fed her, began his assault.

More than 50 women have said that Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases.

Constand's complaint is the only one that has come to trial. (Cosby was on his alma mater's Board of Trustees, and Constand described him in court as "a mentor.") In 2005, Constand filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby over the assault - after a failed first criminal investigation - and settled.

Pulliam has defended him in the past and in an interview with Access Hollywood, she told the public to hold their judgment. "I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself because I felt that if I went to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me".

But he had also previously made advances on her, she said.

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. Another time, she said, Cosby tried to undo her trousers but took his hand away when she leaned forward and told him: "I'm not here for that". When Argusa pointed out that she contacted Cosby after the incident, she said she did it for her job, "I thought it would look negative on me and being a representative of coach [Dawn] Staley at the university".

Cosby, 79, is not charged with assaulting the witness, Kelly Johnson, but prosecutors are using her testimony to show that he followed a pattern of drugging women and then assaulting them - including Andrea Constand, whose case is the basis of the criminal trial that began on Monday.

"It had more to do with business than it did with me personally", she said.

She said that after he assaulted her, she felt humiliated. "I was very afraid because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at that time". She said she didn't tell anyone about the alleged assault at the time out of loyalty to the women's basketball team, which she managed. "It was just me and my word against his". In court on Tuesday, Constand said she had been alone with Cosby before the incident.

What's more, Constand's seemingly suggestive behavior toward Cosby was brought into question.

Constand's testimony is expected to continue when the trial resumes in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. Because of that trust, Constand said she took the pills despite reservations. That's when she said he made an advance that made her feel uncomfortable, placing his hand on the button of her trousers, trying to unbutton it, she said.