UPDATED 3:00 pm: NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The woman at the center of the sexual assault against Bill Cosby testified on Friday that she felt humiliated and "really confused" after mistreating her in his house outside of Philadelphia in 2004 – and now testifying in the hope that "justice" to get.
In a statement consistent with what she told another jury during Cosby's first hearing last June, Andrea Constand told the jury in his retrial that she had met Cosby as the manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University was where Cosby was an alumnus and a big booster
She considered him a mentor and friend, she said, but her friendship took a dark turn as she went to his house to discuss her plan to leave the temple, and he offered her three little blue pills to help her relax. She thought they were a herbal remedy, said Constand, she took them and soon felt insane and unable to work.
Cosby then led her to a sofa, she testified, and she felt him touch her breasts and put his fingers in her. "I could not fight him," said Constand, now a masseur in Canada.
Under the interrogation of prosecutor Kristen Feden, Constand confirmed that she had received a severance payment of nearly $ 3.4 million from Cosby as a result of a civil suit she had filed against him , and finally decided to cooperate in his prosecution.
"I felt right to do, work together," she said.
Los Angeles Defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau then began a lengthy – and arduous – interrogation of Constand, who is scheduled to return to the witness stand on Monday.
He spent late Friday evening large and small discrepancies in their various statements to law enforcement officials and during the lawsuit.
In particular, he asked her exactly why she originally said the attack took place in March 2004 – when she finally came to the conclusion that it happened in January 2004.
"It was just confusion on my part," said Constand.
Constand used to say, under the pretense of Feden, that Cosby had made two passports with her, but she said she had told him that she did not have a romantic interest in him and did not feel threatened by him.
But during the cross-examination, Mesereau challenged her, pointing out that she later visited him at a Connecticut casino and even visited him in his room.
"Did you think it would be of interest to him?" Asked Mesereau.
"No," she replied, saying that she only went to his room to get some pastry he wanted.
Cosby is the only major Hollywood entertainer who faces a jury in the heat setting the Me Too movement. He is being charged with three serious, lewd bodily injuries, has pleaded not guilty, and claims that the sexual encounter with Constand was by mutual agreement.
Cosby's first trial ended in June when, after more than 50 hours of deliberation, a jury was held on all charges. He faces a new jury – seven men and five women – selected in Montgomery County, just outside of Philadelphia.
Constand is one of dozens of women who accused and then attacked the famous comedian of drug addiction – but she is the only one whose indictment has become the focus of a criminal charge. The indictment was filed just days before the 12-year limitation period for Pennsylvania.
Mesereau, who is known for clever cross-examination, has begun to look for "money" in his opening speech as a liar, cheater, and "so" mocked victim, so there is much interest in him, as his credibility is the key to Constand Case of indictment is critically examined.
Feden tried to repress such efforts to portray Constand as a gold digger, asking her about the difficulty of becoming such an important witness against a great celebrity.
"That was very uncomfortable for me," said Constand.
Were there any advantages? Feden asked.
"There is no advantage," replied Constand.