Cosby's chief accuser denies romance before alleged assault

On Day 2 of Bill Cosby's criminal sexual assault trial, his accuser, Andrea Constant, testified she became "frozen" after the entertainer drugged her in 2004.

Phone records showed Constand called Cosby 53 times between January 20, 2004, days after the incident, and March 31, 2004, when she left Temple University, including twice on Valentine's Day.

Constand is among more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating to the 1960s.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser on Wednesday denied they had a romantic relationship before he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham home.

Los Angeles lawyer Angela Agrusa has spent a painstaking hour going over Andrea Constand's old phone records.

"I began to slur my words, and I also told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him, that I could see two of him, and my mouth was very cottony", Constand said.

"I don't know what that means", Ms Constand said.

While Constand had originally come forward in 2005 about the 2004 meeting at Cosby's Pennsylvania home, the Montgomery County district attorney did not seek charges, reportedly due to lack of evidence.

Agrusa resumed grilling Constand on Wednesday, asserting that Constand's account in court differed from what she told authorities in 2005, giving a different date for the encounter with Cosby than she had originally reported.

Four days later, Constand told police she believed the sexual assault happened between mid-January and mid-February 2004.

On Tuesday, Constand testified, "I was having to recall a lot of facts", adding that "it was very overwhelming". She says she made it clear she didn't welcome the behavior.

Tuesday's testimony from Constand was also the first time she had spoken publicly about Cosby, due to the terms of a confidential 2006 settlement preventing her from doing so.

Constand quickly defended her actions, arguing that she was obligated to keep communication open with Cosby on official Temple University business, and more importantly, to find out what pill he gave her that night.

"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Ms Constand said.

Bill Cosby is accompanied by actress Sheila Frazier (l.) and Frazier's husband, John Atchison, a celebrity hairstylist.


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

Mason testified Constand claimed she didn't report the 2004 incident to police until a year later because she was embarrassed by it and because of Cosby's profile in the community.

Almost 60 other women have made historical allegations against the actor, but Ms Constand's case is the only one that has made it to trial.

When she asked if they were herbal, he nodded, she told jurors.

The woman who managed Temple University's women's basketball program while Cosby was a high-powered trustee calmly fielded a barrage of questions over details she got wrong or left out during her early police interviews. Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

The next time she visited Cosby's home, to discuss her future with the women's basketball team, Constand said the pills Cosby gave her left her incapacitated as he grabbed her breast and touched her genitals. Cosby, 79, is on trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault.

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

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