Cosby ac­cuser says ‘I wanted it to stop’

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NOR­RISTOWN | Bill Cosby’s chief ac­cuser took the stand at his sex­ual as­sault trial Tues­day to tell her story pub­licly for the first time, say­ing the co­me­dian vi­o­lated her af­ter giv­ing her three blue pills that left her par­a­lyzed and help­less.

“In my head, I was try­ing to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” An­drea Con­stand, a 44-year-old for­mer em­ployee of the bas­ket­ball pro­gram at Tem­ple Univer­sity, said in their long-awaited court­room con­fronta­tion. “I wasn’t able to fight in any way.”

She added: “I wanted it to stop.”

Mr. Cosby, 79, is charged with drug­ging and vi­o­lat­ing Ms. Con­stand at his sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home in 2004. The TV star once dubbed Amer­ica’s Dad could get 10 years in prison if con­victed.

His lawyers tried to poke holes in Ms. Con­stand’s story, cit­ing dif­fer­ences be­tween her court­room tes­ti­mony and the ac­counts she gave to po­lice and in a law­suit in 2005.

The de­fense has ar­gued the two had a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, that Ms. Con­stand wasn’t in­ca­pac­i­tated and that the sex­ual en­counter was con­sen­sual.

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