Bill Cosby back in court
The woman whose accusation brought Bill Cosby to trial in Pennsylvania on sex-assault charges, testified on Friday that the comedian drugged and raped her in 2004 and that she was terrified to tell anyone for months.
It was the second time that Andrea Constand (45) confronted the 80-year-old entertainer in the suburban Philadelphia courtroom. Cosby stood trial last year on the charges, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Constand is one of about 50 women who have accused the man known as the wise patriarch in the hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show of sexually assaulting them decades ago. Her case is the only one recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.
Constand testified that she did not tell anyone of the attack until January 2005, about a year after she said it occurred. She ultimately confided in her mother.
“I was scared,” Constand said. “I was all over the place in my mind. I didn’t know where to turn.”
She said she told her mother that: “Cosby sexually violated me ... Gave me three blue pills and sexually violated me without my consent.”
Constand’s testimony largely repeated points she made in Cosby’s first trial last year. This trial is different in that five other women who accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them have also testified.
This trial follows the rise of the #MeToo movement, in which women have come forward to accuse prominent men in politics, business and entertainment of sexual harassment and assault dating back years.
Cosby could face 10 years in prison if convicted.
ON TRIAL Bill Cosby (left) at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania