Bill Cosby on Trial for Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby, once a beloved actors and comedienne, will sit through another day on trial today after Andrea Constand accused him of drugging and sexually abusing her more than 20 years ago. Another woman, Kelly Johnson, testified on the first day of the trial that she lost consciousness in 1996 after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill. Johnson’s testimony was the prosecutors way of showing that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and molesting them. Johnson told the court that when she woke up Cosby was naked and he forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.
Ms Constand to Take Stand at Trial
The 12-year-old complaint from Ms Constand, who will continue to testify, is difficult to defend, according to Cosby’s lawyers, due to deceased witnesses, lost evidence, and fading memories. It is alleged that Cosby gave Constand three unmarked blue pills before allegedly assaulting her.
This week. prosecutors in the case. intend to call a toxicologist to discuss the effects of drugs when given in such situations. Such drugs as Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, and Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine, will be discussed. Cosby has acknowledged giving women such drugs before sexual encounters.
The defense has attempted to portray Ms Constand, a Temple University staff member at the time, as a willing participant in a relationship with Mr Cosby. Ms Constand said she never felt the need to distance herself from Cosby because he was an older man, a trustee of the school where she worked and not someone she viewed as a threat.
The trial continues. It was initially expected to last two weeks; however, it may end more quickly as it seems to be moving along swiftly.