Andrea Constand has said Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 while she was working for Temple University's women's basketball team. On Tuesday, in a Pennsylvania courtroom, she told her story publicly for the first time.
"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen," Constand said, according to The Associated Press. "I wasn't able to fight in any way. ... I wanted it to stop."
Cosby, the 79-year-old comedian, is charged with sexually assaulting Constand in his home outside Philadelphia. According to the wire service, Constand was "calm and collected" while she testified and looked at the jury as she described the assault:
"She said Cosby gave her pills he claimed were a natural remedy to ease her stress about a looming career change. 'They're your friends. They'll take the edge off,' she quoted him as saying.
"She told the jury she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber. Cosby then [assaulted her], she said.
"She said she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop.
"Afterward, Constand said, 'I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused.'
"Cosby, sitting across the room at the defense table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head."
According to WHYY reporter Laura Benshoff, who spoke with NPR's All Things Considered, Constand described meeting Cosby at a Temple basketball game, where he inquired about some facilities in the women's locker room. Cosby became a mentor to Constand, and he would sometimes invite her to dinner at his house either alone or with others.
Benshoff says Constand testified that on a previous occasion, Cosby tried to unzip her pants, but she rejected the advance and said, "I'm not here for that. I don't want that."