The chef accuser in famed comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial said she shot down the actor’s casual advances twice before she found herself unable to fight him off the night he gave her pills described as herbal supplements.
The accusations came 12 years after the alleged event during Andrea Constand’s testimony at Cosby’s trial.
The Associated Press reports that Constand will return to the witness stand on Wednesday, the third day of the trial that could land Cosby in jail.
In Tuesday’s testimony, Constand described how her professional relationship with Cosby evolved into a friendship. At the time, Constand was an employee at Temple University where Cosby was a trustee. She testified that their friendship was critical to the school’s athletics department where she worked at the time.
Constand said that Cosby became more flirtatious and suggestive during their friendship. She testified that he grabbed her thigh during one instance at his home and attempted to unbutton her pants in another. Both times, Constand made it clear she didn’t welcome his advances, she said.
“I’m not here for that,” she recalled telling him. “I don’t want that.”
Despite Cosby’s actions, Constand said she did not feel threatened.
The encounter in question also happened at Cosby’s home. According to Constand, the next time she visited the comedian’s home to talk about her future with the women’s basketball team, he gave her pills that left her paralyzed as he grabbed her breasts and genitals.
She said she woke up the next morning, and quietly went to work. Constand says she didn’t tell anyone what happened out of loyalty to the women’s basketball team which she managed at the time.
“I did not want to stir up any trouble,” she said while on the stand. “He was a trustee, he was an alumni there. And I believed he supported many of the athletic programs.”
She also stated that she feared what Cosby might do if she came forward with her accusations.
“I felt that if I had gone to the police, that Mr. Cosby would retaliate and try to hurt me, that he would try to hurt me or my family in some way,” she testified.
The 79-year-old entertainer is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in 2004. The celebrity has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual abuse after drugging them. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.