Cosby set for 3rd day of sexual assault trial

Cosby set for 3rd day of sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby walks to the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Tuesday.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser denied under cross-examination Wednesday that they had a romantic relationship before he allegedly drugged and assaulted her, as the comedian's lawyers labored to pick apart her story.

Cosby, the actor and comedian who has been a household name for half a century, is charged with sexually assaulting Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004.

Constand, a 44-year-old massage therapist from Toronto told the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania she met Cosby in 2002 while working for the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia and continued socializing after that.

"The lights were dim and the fire was going", the lawyer continued. At the same time, Constand said, she was taking Cosby a gift from a mutual acquaintance.

"I don't know the contents of one to the other", Constand said of the January 2005 statements.

Bill Cosby's primary accuser says she was returning his messages when she called him numerous times after he allegedly drugged and violated her.

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"He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted".

Constand reiterated what she told the court Tuesday: Cosby had made romantic overtures towards her, but she brushed him off.

After Constand began "seeing double", she realized that her legs were weak, at which point she alleges that Cosby led her to a couch, where she "passed out". "Are they herbal?" she recalled asking the entertainer when he gave her three pills.

Gianna Constand was defiant in cross-examination, often firing back at defense attorney Angela Agrusa's questioning. "And it was sometime between 4 and 5 [a.m.] and I needed to get home because I had to go to work".

Cosby's defense team argues that Constand and prosecutors are misrepresenting what occurred that day and that the sexual activity was consensual, which Constand and prosecutors reject. Constand said the calls to her university-issued cellphone pertained to Temple women's basketball, and stopped once she left the school.

About half an hour later, Constand said, she had trouble talking and difficulty moving and was suffering double vision.

The prosecution called Constand to the stand on Tuesday.

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The former basketball player then described the chilling details about her sexual assault in January 2004.

"The man that I've known as a child was amusing and witty and smart and philanthropic and full of advice", she told ABC News. "I said, 'I see two of you, ' and I'm slurring my words". Cosby, 79, is on trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Constand's testimony is central to the case against the star of "The Cosby Show", one of the most popular shows in the history of television.

"No, I was reclining with my elbow with my feet off the bed", Constand replied.

Lawyer Gloria Allred has caused a stir during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, because her cellphone rang.

Constand went on to admit she spoke to Cosby the morning after the alleged attack, something she had previously hidden from police, and kept in touch with the actor because she was afraid of how the incident would affect her life and career.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual-assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Some came forward after the statute of limitations expired for their cases.

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