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Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial

Defense Attorney Speaks on Bill Cosby Trial

Johnson, who worked as an assistant to Cosby's agent and had known him since the early 1990s, told the jury in tears that Cosby "intimidated" her into taking a white pill to help her "relax". She said they were introduced through a well-respected donor of Temple University sports.

"I was really scared", Constand said.

On Wednesday, Cosby appeared to be listening closely to Constand's testimony, his head turned slightly to the side while Brian McMonagle, his other defense attorney, sat next to him. If she proves as steady and believable as she did Tuesday, the jury may be hard-pressed to see this trial any other way.

She says Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive over time, once grabbing her thigh and later attempting to unbutton her trousers.

Cosby led her to a couch, where she passed out, she said. The case's outcome will likely hinge on whether the jury believes her account, as Cosby himself does not plan to testify.

Constand also testified that the comedian had touched her inappropriately prior to that night, telling the court that he "commented on my trousers and touched the side of my waist and took his hand and attempted to unbutton my button". "And I felt naked". Instead, she said he responded, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?" She told how Cosby allegedly gave her three blue pills, telling her they were to reduce stress. Are they natural? Are they herbal?' He said, 'Yes. "They're your friends; they'll take the edge off".

When the pills kicked in: "I began to slur my words and I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him and I was seeing two of him".

Constand said she continued to have contact with Cosby because she felt she had to discuss Temple as part of her job. But within minutes she began to feel woozy, Johnson said, and later woke up on Cosby's bed to find her dress undone around her waist and Cosby forcing her to touch him.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). "I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family", she said.

"You were not drugged and unconscious on March 16, 2004, right?" the attorney asked. "And those messages didn't get there". She added she couldn't move her legs or hands. "I was in no state of mind".

She also stated that she feared what Cosby might do if she came forward with her accusations.

And she trusted him as a friend and mentor. I wasn't able to fight ... "I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself because I felt that if I went to the police that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me".

Cosby avoided looking directly at Constand while she was in court, though he appeared to be listening intently, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy "California Suite", which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", Constand replied, sobbing when asked why she didn't say anything.

His legal team said he had only offered Ms Constand Quaaludes - a sedative widely used recreationally in the U.S. in the 1970s - after she complained of having trouble sleeping.

Regardless, Feden said Constand could not have consented that night given her condition. I just want to know what you gave me.' " After a while, she decided he wasn't going to give her an answer and left. "I was on my way home".

The former basketball player then described the chilling details about her sexual assault in January 2004. Cosby, who faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, repeatedly shook his head during her testimony.

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