The last words that Bill Cosby’s accuser heard before drifting into semi-consciousness were that the pills he had given her would help her relax, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said at the start of the comedian’s trial.
But the pills left the woman, Andrea Constand, unable to resist the alleged sexual assault as she lay on a couch in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden told jurors.
“Trust, betrayal and the inability to consent – that’s what this case is about,” Feden said, as Cosby listened a few feet away, brows furrowed.
“These three friends will help you relax,” were the words Cosby allegedly told Constand.
Dozens of women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault, but Constand’s case against the man she considered a mentor is the only one that was recent enough for criminal prosecution.
Defence attorney Brian McMonagle countered that Cosby is the victim of false accusations. He said that Constand’s initial allegations were investigated in 2005 and found to be insufficient at that time.