Bill Cosby back in court

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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

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