Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Five Takeaways From Day Two

The woman Bill Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting returns to the witness stand on Wednesday, and the comedian’s lawyer suggested she will turn up the heat.

“Just getting started,” defense attorney Angela Agrusa told reporters as she left the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday after she spent a couple of hours cross-examining Andrea Constand.

It was the first time Constand, 44, has testified publicly. She told jurors Tuesday that Cosby gave her pills that left her incapacitated as the star sexually assaulted her in January 2004. “I was frozen,” she said.

Agrusa tried to poke holes in Constand’s account and raise questions about her credibility and motivations — but the witness largely kept her composure and stuck to her story.

Here are some of the other highlights of Day 2 of the trial:

“Hey, hey, hey”: It might have been the most surreal moment so far. Cosby, after listening to Constand testify for nearly four hours, struck a light-hearted note as he left the courthouse. As a crowd applauded and shouted support at him, the entertainer responded by imitating Fat Albert, a character he created and voiced for a 1970s cartoon show. “Hey, hey, hey,” he said as the camera rolled.

Sexual vs. Suggestive: Constand and Agrusa got into a debate that was positively Clintonian. The witness had told police that before the alleged assault, there had been no sexual contact between her and Cosby.

Agrusa tried to show she had lied by pointing out Cosby had made advances on Constand during two dinners. Constand refused to yield the point, saying his conduct — touching her thigh and her pants zipper — had been “suggestive” but not sexual.

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Numbers Game: The defense confronted Constand with her phone records, enlarging them on a screen for the benefit of jurors. They showed that before she reported the alleged assault to police in January 2005, she tried to contact attorneys.

“I was really scared. I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself,” Constand explained. “I thought Mr. Cosby would try to retaliate and hurt me.” Agrusa also said records showed 72 calls between Cosby and Constand in the year between the incident and the call to police. “Yes, there were calls,” Constand conceded.




Image: Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial

Andrea Constand will be back on the stand Wednesday.