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Cosby's accuser enters court for long-awaited confrontation

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

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's accuser in the sexual assault case against him entered the courtroom Tuesday on Day 2 of the comedian's trial, moving a step closer to telling her story publicly for the first time.

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

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The TV star dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted.

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

Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the basketball program at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, has never spoken publicly about him under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. Her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.

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

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image on screen and off, 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 arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The long-awaited courtroom confrontation drew near as prosecutors used the first day and a half of the trial to argue that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.

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

Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill. She said that when she awoke, Cosby was naked and forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.

Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom during a break at his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom during a break at his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

On Tuesday, Johnson's mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter's story, telling jurors that Johnson was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian's agent.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, leads Bill Cosby, left, along a hallway during a break from his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, leads Bill Cosby, left, along a hallway during a break from his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

The defense has attacked Johnson's credibility over discrepancies in her accounts, including the year it occurred. Cosby grinned at the defense table as she struggled to explain them.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show."(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show."(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sewell said they didn't go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue.

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Lawyer Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., left, waits for Andrew Wyatt, second from left, to guide Bill Cosby back to the courtroom after lunch during Cosby's sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Lawyer Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., left, waits for Andrew Wyatt, second from left, to guide Bill Cosby back to the courtroom after lunch during Cosby's sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"Her father didn't want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he had seen other women go through when they went to the police at that time. He didn't want that," Sewell said.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, walks out of the courtroom with Bill Cosby, center, inside the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, walks out of the courtroom with Bill Cosby, center, inside the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Johnson told a similar story in 1996, when she gave sworn testimony in a deposition attached to a worker's compensation claim.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Joseph Miller, a workers' compensation lawyer, testified Tuesday he was taken aback when Johnson said she had been drugged and violated by Cosby. He said Johnson made the disclosure while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at the William Morris Agency.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Miller, who represented William Morris in the case, said Johnson was tearful as she described waking up on a bed with her dress pulled down and her breast exposed — details that matched the story Johnson told on the stand.

Bill Cosby, center, returns to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, returns to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

But Miller's timeline differed from Johnson's.

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Bill Cosby gestures as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby gestures as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Under questioning from Cosby's lawyers, Miller revealed that his notes from her 1996 deposition show Johnson told him the encounter happened in 1990.

Bill Cosby, left, exits the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, left, exits the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Miller testified that no transcript was made of the deposition itself, an agreement he struck with Johnson's lawyer because of the sensitivity of her claims. He said her testimony hastened a settlement of the workers' compensation claim for around $10,000.

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Bill Cosby, center, heads back to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, heads back to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

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

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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