Accuser gives emotional testimony in Cosby trial

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After each of the first few days of Bill Cosby's depressing criminal trial for the alleged rape of Andrea Constand, I have dragged myself back to my extended-stay hotel, in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, and the same thought has intruded as soon as I walk into my room: If I ever were to find myself testifying against a person who had sexually assaulted me, I would be a awful witness.

Prosecutors said phone records show a consistent pattern of Constand checking her voicemail and then calling Cosby in the two months after the alleged January 2004 assault. In fact Cosby called Gianna Constand "Mom" throughout the conversation, she says.

Prosecutors gave no sign of who their remaining witnesses might be, though they in early filings they suggested they intend to call expert witnesses on the treatment of sexual abuse victims and forensic toxicology.

Feden said that Constand viewed Cosby as a trusted mentor and said that the case would be defined by, "trust, betrayal and the inability to consent". She was still sobbing when Cosby's attorney Angela Agrusa began cross-examination.

"And I said, 'Promise me you are gonna send me the name of the medication and he said yes".

"I was shocked by what she had said".

"I don't really remember how dim the lights were, but I did have to eat my dinner", Constand said.

Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and he could be jailed for 10 years if convicted.

Defense attorneys were quick to assert that the elder Constand had misconstrued the conversation, which contained graphic details, and said Cosby had asked the younger Constand to "tell the truth" about the encounter. After an hour on the stand, Ms Constand broke down in tears, burying her head in her hands.

She also admitted that she returned to Cosby's Elkins Park home, which is just outside Philadelphia, after the alleged assault had taken place, even bringing him a gift of bath salts.

Her client Kelly Johnson finished telling jurors Monday about the time Cosby allegedly drugged and groped her at the Hotel Bel-Air in 1996.

"I wanted to know what pills he had given me", Constand said. Constand, who is gay, met the comedian 16 months earlier through her job as director of basketball operations at Temple University, a Philadelphia area school where Cosby was a trustee.

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Constand's mother is expected to take the stand later in the trial.

"As long as she maintains a 3-point average, she'll be fine", Cosby says on the tape.

Then, in what proved to be the first bombshell of the case, McMonagle cited telephone records that show 72 calls between Cosby and Constand after the alleged January 2004 incident. "I feel like it sounds like I'm a perverted person'".

But Constand said Wednesday she was merely returning his messages.

Constand alleges that after she was incapacitated by the pills, Cosby sexually assaulted her.

Constand has testified that she felt she needed a lawyer to offer her advice, not necessarily to file a lawsuit.

"We had been discussing investigative leads and where they were going", Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer, a witness for the prosecution, said on Day 4 of Cosby's trial.

On Wednesday, Agrusa was trying a different tack, implying that Constand and Cosby's relationship had been romantic in nature.

Constand worked at Temple University at the time and Cosby was a trustee.

Agrusa suggested that Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault.

Defense attorneys are trying to poke holes in Constand's credibility by questioning various aspects of her relationship with him, including why she went to the Foxwoods Casino in CT with him after she'd twice rebuffed sexual advances from him at his home.

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