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Cosby accuser's account remains consistent through 2 trials

| Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:57 p.m.
Andrea Constand walks while breaking for lunch during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Constand, Cosby's chief accuser, took the witness stand Friday.
Andrea Constand walks while breaking for lunch during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Constand, Cosby's chief accuser, took the witness stand Friday.
Bill Cosby waves as he departs his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.
Bill Cosby waves as he departs his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

NORRISTOWN — Andrea Constand told a jury Friday that Bill Cosby, a man she viewed as a friend and mentor, tricked her into taking a powerful drug and then humiliated her for his own sexual gratification.

Confident and composed, Constand testified that she was visiting the “Cosby Show” star at his suburban Philadelphia mansion when he slipped her three blue pills he called “your friends.” She thought they were herbal supplements — designed to help relieve her stress — but they knocked her out. When she awoke, she said, Cosby was violating her.

Constand, 45, gave a remarkably similar account when she testified at Cosby's first trial. That trial ended with a hung jury, setting the stage for this week's courtroom showdown.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Here's a look at some of what Constand told the jury in June 2017, and what she said Friday.

On the pills he gave her

First trial: “He opened his hand and he had three blue pills in his hand. ... He said, ‘These will help you relax.' ... I said, ‘What are they? Are they natural? Are they herbal?' And he nodded yes with his head, and he said, ‘Put them down. They're your friends. They'll take the edge off.'”

Second trial: “Mr. Cosby reached his hand out and had three blue pills. ... He said, ‘These are your friends. They'll help take the edge off.'” Constand asked if she should put them under her tongue, like the herbal remedies they'd discussed. She said Cosby told her, “Put them down. They'll help you relax. They'll take the edge off.”

On their impact

First trial: “After several more minutes of talking, I began to slur my words. ... And I said, ‘I see two of you and I'm slurring my words.' And Mr. Cosby stood up. And I stood up because he said, ‘You probably need to relax.' And when I stood up, my legs were not strong, and I began to panic a little bit. And Mr. Cosby grabbed — helped me by my arm, and he assisted me over to a couch and said, ‘Just relax. Just lay down here. You need to relax.'”

Second trial: Constand said she started feeling woozy, seeing double and having a hard time trying to stand. “My legs just felt really rubbery.” She said Cosby reached his arm out and walked her to a sofa. He put a pillow under her head and said, “Just relax there.” Constand said she blacked out.

On how she felt after the alleged assault

First trial: “I felt really humiliated. And I was really confused because — what I remembered before I went on that couch feeling blurry vision and what I felt. And I just wanted to go home.”

Second trial: “I was really humiliated. I was in shock. And I was really confused.”

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