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Who Is Bill Cosby Accuser? New Details About Andrea Constand, The Woman At Center Of Cosby Guilty Verdict

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She stood up for more than just herself.

Who Is Bill Cosby accuser? Meet Andrea Constand, the woman behind Bill Cosby's rape trial. Cosby was found guilty of all charges in the Andrea Constand sexual assault trial. And for all of Cosby's victims — especially Andrea Constand — it was a huge sigh of relief. Justice was served.

So, who is Andrea Constand?

A little history: Andrea Constand met Billy Cosby in 2002 when she was the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. Cosby went to Temple University himself and was very active with his alma mater until they cut ties with him amid the sex assault scandal. In a 2009 deposition, Cosby testified that from the moment he laid eyes on Constand he had "a romantic interest" in her and said his plan was to "meet her" and then "perhaps have some moments with her that would have to do with some sort of friendship.”


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Cosby contacted Constand to discuss business matters and for the next couple months, Cosby claimed he tried to continue the friendship by "inviting her to my house, talking to her about personal situations dealing with her life, growth, education, access, and thoughts to how to acquire a more aggressive attitude, protecting oneself in business.” 

It was during one of these "business" meetings in January 2004 at his Elkins Park mansion that the sexual assault took place. Cosby gave Constand Benadryl to relax her and told her it was herbal medication.

She says whatever he gave her left her numb and unable to move — all the while Cosby was “fondling her breasts, put his hand in her pants … penetrated her vagina with his fingers” and “took her right hand and placed it on his penis,” according to the arrest affidavit. Cosby claims that the sexual encounter was consensual. Constand, however, says she had no romantic interest in Cosby at all. 

More details about Andrea Constand:

1. Constand was in a relationship at the time of the assault. 

 

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Constand thought the relationship between herself and Cosby was one of the student/mentor nature. She had no interest in pursuing anything romantic and was in a relationship with another woman at the time.

Cosby didn't know that Constand was gay and his defense attorneys even tried to use Constand's sexual orientation against her during the trial. The judge dismissed those claims.

2. Constand told police about the assault in 2005. 

Constand was still working for Temple University at the time and went to police bout the assault where Cosby drugged her and forced her to touch him. Police declined to file charges against Cosby.

Constadt then filed a civil suit and settled with a confidentiality agreement in October 2006. The New York Times received a copy of the deposition given by Cosby at the time recalling the night of the assault. “I walk her out. She does not look angry," Cosby said. "She does not say to me, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’ She doesn’t walk out with an attitude of a huff — because I think that I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.”


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3. A Cosby witness claimed she used drugs "all the time".

 

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Robert Russell claimed Constand used mushrooms all the time and "popped the hallucinogens like candy and smoked marijuana constantly." There is no evidence or reports to prove these claims. Judge Steve O'Neill also refused to let the defense bring this witness to testify. “If somebody does drugs in 2001, does that make it relevant in 2018?” O'Neill said. 

4. Constand stayed in contact with Cosby after the assault out of fear she would lose her job.

 

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Before the assault, Constand saw Cosby as a mentor and trusted him implicitly. She thought she would never have to worry about him taking advantage of her. After the assault, she was afraid of him because she knew he was well-connected and she felt humiliated and confused. 

5. Constand is, so far, the only accuser to confront Cosby in criminal court. 

Other women have publicly come forward to accuse Cosby of rape and sexual assault but Constand is the first to face Cosby during a criminal trial. She became emotional talking about the night of the assault and how she trusted Cosby enough to take the pills that helped him assault her.

Constand said she felt frozen. “I was trying to get my arms to move. I was trying to get my legs to move — and the messages didn’t get to them.” She also talks about the nightmares she had after the assault. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available.


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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.

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