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Bill Cosby arrived in court Monday for the start of his sexual assault trial.
The 79-year-old comedian, which is known as “America’s favorite Dad,” is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former employee Andrea which allegedly happened more than a decade ago.
Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County courthouse on the first day of the trial with actress Keshia Knight Pullman who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”
While dozens of other women stories sound the same, there is only one case that Cosby is going to court for, Constand alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her while at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Cosby has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.
With so many accusations from so many different women, Cosby’s reputation over the past few years has been shattered, and that’s sure to complicate the upcoming trial even more. While Constand was employed as Temple University’s director of operations for the women’s basketball team between 2001 and 2004, she met Cosby, an alumnus of the Philadelphia College, according to court documents. Eventually the pair “developed what [Constand] believed to be a sincere friendship,” and she looked to Cosby as a mentor, the court documents state.
Constand alleges that Cosby made sexual advances on multiple occasions and that she turned them down. But Constand is accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her during one specific visit to his home sometime between mid-January and mid-February of 2004.
According to court documents, Constand — then 30 years old — told Cosby about the anxiety she had regarding her career and said she felt “drained.” Cosby offered “three blue pills” that he said were “herbal” and instructed her to take them as they would “take the edge off,” court documents allege.
Constand said she took the pills with water but also sipped on wine as Cosby had instructed. Within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the pills, ConstandConstant said her vision became blurry, and she had difficulty speaking, according to a probable cause affidavit. She also described not being aware of sounds or time and feeling as though she was “in and out.”
Court documents describe, in graphic detail, the alleged sexual assault. “The victim told investigators that she did not consent to any of these acts, and was unable to move or speak during the attack,” the documents say.
Constand said she couldn’t remember any kissing or intercourse between them, according to the statement she gave police. Cosby has maintained that the sexual activity between the two was consensual, and she never said “no.”
Constand didn’t tell anyone about the night in question for a year, according to People. She said she finally told her mother, Gianna Constant, on Jan. 13, 2005.
Upon learning of her daughter’s alleged assault, Gianna Constand made two calls — one to Cosby and one to the police in their town of Ontario, Canada.
The younger Constant said that “an element of fear” was what kept her silent about the incident for so long.
A federal court unsealed documents from the lawsuit in 2015 at the request of the Associated Press.
A judge ruled in December 2016 that potentially damning testimony Cosby gave in the civil suit can be used in the upcoming trial. In the statement, Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes and giving women drugs and alcohol before having sex.
Cosby has demanded in court that Constand return the private settlement money as she broke the terms of the agreement by talking to police without first notifying him.
Constand’s lawyers said the agreement allows for Constand to talk to police and withhold it from Cosby at the request of law enforcement officials — a request the attorney told me she received.
In her opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden pointed to Cosby’s prior testimony regarding his interactions with Constant — especially his admission that he gave her drugs and had sexual contact with her.
But Cosby’s defense lawyer Brian McGonagle sought to discredit Constant as he pointed to inconsistencies in the account of the evening she gave to police. He also claimed that the pair had spoken by phone 72 times following the alleged assault, and Constant initiated a majority of those calls, according to phone records.
McGonagle said that falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is also a terrible crime.
“[It] can destroy a man,” he said. “Can ruin his life.”
Kelly Johnson, another woman who has accused Cosby of assault, testified June 5. She had tears as she said that in 1996 she lost consciousness after Cosby coerced her into taking a large white pill.
At the time, Johnson was in her mid-30s. She said she remembered waking up with her dress pulled down.
Noticeably missing from Cosby’s team on the first day of the trial was his wife, Camille Cosby.
But he had support from Keshia Knight Pullman, the actress who played his daughter Rudy on “The Cosby Show.”
“I came to help because this is where you hear the facts, this is where the truth happens,” she told reporters outside of the Pennsylvania courtroom. “Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone but true family, friendship, integrity is how do people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t as shiny.”