Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

The woman at the centre of Bill Cosby's sex assault trial testified she was "frozen" after the United States comedian drugged and molested her at his home in 2004.

Ms Constand says Mr Cosby drugged and molested her after she visited his home seeking career advice in 2004.

Constand, 44, had been an employee of Temple University's athletics department at the time, which is how she said she met Cosby, in 2001. As Constand previously told police, she said she was invited to Cosby's residence where he gave her three pills that he told her were herbal to help her "relax" and that they would be her "friends".

Johnson said Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill that knocked her out.

Joseph Miller, a workers' compensation lawyer, testified Tuesday he was taken aback when Johnson said she had been drugged and violated by Cosby.

"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.

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The TV star once dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting Constand.

Prosecutors this week plan to call a toxicologist to discuss the effects of drugs like quaaludes, a powerful sedative, and the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl, both of which Cosby has acknowledged giving women before sexual encounters. Under a settlement Constand and Cosby reached in 2006, Constand was prohibited from speaking publicly about her accusation.

The assault Constand described in her testimony on Tuesday, the second day of Cosby's trial, is the stuff of nightmares. Instead, she said he responded, "I thought you had an orgasm, didn't you?" She said she didn't tell anyone about the alleged assault at the time out of loyalty to the women's basketball team, which she managed.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done. Also in the works: Testimony from a toxicologist, and more recordings - this time, from Cosby himself, as he testified during the civil lawsuit he and Constand later settled.

The defense has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women's basketball team, especially around tournament time.

"I said, 'I trust you, '" she said.

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"I felt embarrassed (at the time) because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid", Johnson said Monday, explaining the delay. And she said she trusted him and swallowed them.

QUOTE: "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen". He said Johnson made the disclosure while pursuing a claim that she had developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job.

"I wasn't able to", she said. "So I just went along with them". "I don't want that".

Constand's cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday. It was this exact dismissive cultural attitude of placing a male celebrity's reputation over the emotional testimonies of multiple women that kept numerous victims silent for years. She awoke in bed next to Mr Cosby, her clothes undone, it is claimed. She began testifying under direct examination around 2 p.m., and when she was called by prosecutors, she sat up straight on the witness stand, smiled a bit and continuously made eye contact with the jury.

During cross-examination, defense lawyers seized on what they said were inconsistencies in Constand's accounts, including her answers on how long she had known Cosby and whether she had ever been alone with him before. "He didn't want that", Sewell said.

But Miller's timeline differed from Johnson's.

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The comic - who was at one point the highest-paid actor in the USA - has said he will not testify in the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks.

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