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Cosby accuser planned confrontation

Associated Press Associated Press 3/06/2016

Newly public police records in Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case show his accuser planned to confront him weeks after their 2004 encounter but backed off when he got too close to her.

Andrea Constand told police she "just wanted to confront him about it and ask some questions" when she returned to his home after dining with him and others at a restaurant.

Instead, Constand waited a year before telling her mother and then police. A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor decided at the time not to bring charges, citing insufficient evidence of a crime.

Cosby, 78, was arrested last year after the case was reopened amid the release of his testimony in Constand's civil lawsuit and after dozens of other women had aired similar complaints of being drugged and molested.

Excerpts of the 2005 police statements were read aloud in court last week at Cosby's preliminary hearing, when a judge sent the case to trial. The full police statements were posted as exhibits in the court file on Thursday.

Cosby, in his January 2005 statement, said he had shared three earlier "romantic" encounters with Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home. He described them as "petting" sessions and said they did not have sex. Constand said she had twice rejected his "advances" before the night she believes she was drugged and molested.

Constand, then 31, told police that she never told Cosby she's gay. On the other hand, she said, "I never gave him any reason to believe I was interested in him."

The two had met through Temple University, where Constand was the director of women's basketball operations. Cosby, a longtime trustee, was the university's most prominent promoter. In his deposition, taken as part of the lawsuit she filed, he said he became interested in her the first time he saw her at the university's gym.

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