Cosby accuser says ‘I wanted it to stop’
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.