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Accuser called Bill Cosby more than 50 times after assault: defense

Accuser called Bill Cosby more than 50 times after assault: defenseā€

Bill Cosby's chief accuser says 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 he said were herbal supplements. "And I felt him take my hand, place it on his penis and move it back and forth", she told court.

She kept in contact with him in the following years because he was a powerful trustee of the university and she feared angering him, she said. Cosby could get 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.

When Mr Cosby started inviting her over for dinner, Ms Constand said, she thought he was trying to help her fit in after her recent move.

Prosecutors said phone records show a consistent pattern of Constand checking her voicemail and then calling Cosby in the two months after the alleged January 2004 assault.

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Before Tuesday's testimony, Ms Constand had been barred from sharing her story in public due to a confidential settlement she reached with Mr Cosby in 2006. Gianna Constand told the jury that she was distraught to learn what Cosby had done to her daughter. So far, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse the former Cosby Show actor of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

Bill Cosby's lawyer asked jurors Monday not to view him as a fallen celebrity on trial in a sexual assault case, but as a flawed man "whose infidelities have made him vulnerable" to these types of accusations.

"It had more to do with business than it did with me personally", she said. She later awoke in the middle of the sexual assault as he was groping her, Constand said. In the deposition, Cosby confessed to obtaining strong sedatives to hand out to females he wanted to have sex with, although he insisted he didn't use them when he is alleged to have assaulted Constand.

Constand's mother followed her on the stand and bolstered her account. Cosby, whose attorneys said is legally blind, is not expected to testify. Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy "California Suite", which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda. "Mr. Cosby has never, ever under oath run from what happened that night", McMonagle said on Monday.

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The stage was set for her testimony after 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. "I don't want that", Time magazine reported. At the same time, Constand said, she was taking Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance.

Defense attorneys were quick to assert that the elder Constand had misconstrued the conversation, which contained graphic details, and said Cosby had asked the younger Constand to "tell the truth" about the encounter.

"She changed considerably", Patricia Sewell said in court.

Arriving at the court earlier, Cosby was accompanied by one of his movie co-stars from the 1970s. One of the incidents she mentioned was their meeting at Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT, wherein he tried to unzip her trousers.

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



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