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Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/7/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
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Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's chief accuser said she shot down the actor's casual advances twice before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills that he convinced her were safe herbal supplements.

Andrea Constand walks from the courtroom after testifying at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand walks from the courtroom after testifying at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence Tuesday to testify at Cosby's sexual assault trial.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Constand, who returns to the witness stand Wednesday, described how her professional relationship with the Temple University trustee evolved into a friendship that she considered critical to the school's athletics department where she worked.

Bill Cosby reacts to a call from the crowd as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby reacts to a call from the crowd as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

At the same time, she said, Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive — grabbing her thigh during one encounter at his home and attempting to unbutton her pants in another. Both times, Constand said, she made it clear she didn't welcome the behavior. But she didn't feel threatened.

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Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

"I'm not here for that. I don't want that," Constand recalled telling him.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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. 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.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

"I did not want to stir up any trouble," she said. "He was a trustee, he was an alumni there. And I believed he supported many of the athletic programs," Constand said.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

She said she also feared what Cosby might do.

Andrea Constand, center, walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand, center, walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

"I felt that if I had gone to the police, that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me, that he would try to hurt me or my family in some way," she testified.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand in 2004. The TV star once dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted.

Therese Serignese, one of dozens who've alleged Cosby molested them decades ago, walks outside the courtroom during lunch break at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Therese Serignese, one of dozens who've alleged Cosby molested them decades ago, walks outside the courtroom during lunch break at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

His lawyers tried to poke holes in Constand's story, citing differences between her courtroom testimony and the accounts she gave to police and in a lawsuit in 2005. The defense has argued the two had a romantic relationship, that Constand wasn't incapacitated and that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and direct as she testified, frequently speaking straight to the jury.

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Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Cosby, sitting across the room at the defense table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head.

Attorney Gloria Allred walks to the courtroom for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Attorney Gloria Allred walks to the courtroom for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

Before Tuesday, Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. Her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.

Lili Bernard, who said Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on "The Cosby Show" in 1992, walks out of the courtroom for Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Lili Bernard, who said Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on "The Cosby Show" in 1992, walks out of the courtroom for Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

The defense has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women's basketball team, especially around tournament time.

Bill Cosby, second from left, and Defense attorney Brian McMonagle exit the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, second from left, and Defense attorney Brian McMonagle exit the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

"He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted. A mentor," she said.

Bill Cosby, second from right, and Defense attorney Brian McMonagle exit the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, second from right, and Defense attorney Brian McMonagle exit the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

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

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