4 accounts of encounter that led to charge against Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting an Ontario woman at his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004. He has said the encounter with then-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who now works as a massage therapist in Toronto, was consensual.

See Full Article

Here are summaries, from the criminal complaint and a deposition, of what Constand told police happened that night; what her mother says Cosby told her happened; what Cosby told police occurred; and what Cosby said when questioned in a civil lawsuit.

CONSTAND'S ACCOUNT

Cosby and Constand met at his suburban Philadelphia home to talk about her career.

She arrives at 8:45 p.m. Cosby greets her in a sweat suit. After discussing her career plans, Constand tells him she feels "drained" and "emotionally occupied" and that she had been missing sleep.

Cosby says he wants her to relax. He gives her three blue pills. He tells her "these will make you feel good" and will "take the edge off."

She asks if they are herbal. He says "Yes. Down them." She tells Cosby she trusts him, and then takes them with water.

Cosby then tells her to "taste the wine." She resists, saying she hadn't eaten that day. He tells her "just taste the wine." She takes a couple sips.

Within 30 minutes, she experiences blurred vision and difficulty speaking. He tells her to lie down and assists her to couch. Cosby says he would let her relax.

She sits on couch. Cosby positions himself behind her. He fondles her breasts, puts his hands into her pants and penetrates her with his fingers. Cosby also takes her right hand and places it on his penis.

She says she didn't consent to any of the acts and was unable to move or speak when they occurred. She says she was "frozen" and "paralyzed."

Constand awakes at 4 a.m., finds her sweater bunched up, her bra above her breasts. Cosby appears in a robe, gives her a muffin, walks her to the door and says "all right." She says nothing.

WHAT COSBY SAID HAPPENED, ACCORDING TO CONSTAND'S MOTHER

Within three months of the encounter, Constand returns to her parents' home in Canada. In January 2005, Constand tells her mother Cosby had sexually assaulted her. They file a complaint with police. On Jan. 16, 2005, Cosby returns a call from Constand's mother and they talk for more than two hours.

Her account of a portion of the conversation:

She asks Cosby what he gave her daughter. He says he will have to look at "the prescription bottle." He says he can't read the label because of an eye condition but will write it down and mail it to her.

He admits having fondled her breasts, having digitally penetrated her and having placed Constand's hand on his penis for sexual gratification.

Cosby apologizes and offers to cover any expenses associated with therapy.

COSBY'S ACCOUNT TO INVESTIGATORS

Cosby says he didn't intend for Constand to stay the night. The two talk about issues she is having, her tension and her inability to sleep.

He gets her over-the-counter Benadryl and gives her one whole pill and one half pill. He says he would usually take two and they would make him drowsy and go to sleep. He says he didn't tell Constand what they were.

They pet, and then he touches her bare breast and her "private parts." Constand does not tell him to stop or push him away. She doesn't say her vision is blurred or she felt paralyzed. "In short," investigators wrote, "Cosby described the incident as a consensual sexual encounter."

Cosby says he went to bed. When they wake up, they talk, he gives her a muffin and tea, and she leaves.

Asked if he had had sexual intercourse with her on any occasion, he says "never asleep or awake."

He says he had told Constand's mother he had touched her daughter's breasts and vagina but "guaranteed her that there was no penile penetration."

COSBY'S ACCOUNT FROM A DEPOSITION IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT

He did not verbally ask Constand permission to engage in the encounter.

He says: "The action is my hand on her midriff, which is skin. I'm not lifting any clothing up. This is, I don't remember fully what it is, but it's there and I can feel. I got her skin and it's just above the hand and it's just above where you can go under the pants."

After that, he says: "I don't hear her say anything. And I don't feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped."

The encounter stops briefly and restarts, then lasting "about four seconds."

"And the reason why it's four seconds is because Andrea said to me either one of two words: stop, no. I pull back. ... And I take her, still feeling the glow, still feeling that the two of us are warm, not lovers, but warm. We've exchanged some kind of sexual feelings.

"I walk her out. She does not look angry. 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."

He also calls Constand a liar.

"I know she's a liar because I was there," he says.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 per cent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Source
  • 'Deadliest Catch' star arrested for car theft, drugs

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    PHOENIX — A former reality television star has been arrested in Phoenix for alleged vehicle theft and drug possession. Phoenix police say 31-year-old Jacob Harris was released on his own recognizance Monday after his initial court appearance. Source
  • Film on Armenian genocide stirs up controversy and a clash in online ratings

    Entertainment CBC News
    Repercussions from the Armenian genocide have been felt for more than 100 years, but with the release of a new historical drama, the conflict has taken an unexpected direction — into the world of online film ratings. Source
  • O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES - Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out." "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he said in an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast, available only to subscribers after this week's free window. Source
  • Bill O'Reilly saddened, surprised by Fox News exit, says truth will come out

    Entertainment CBC News
    Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out." "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he said in an episode Monday of his personal website's No Spin News podcast, available only to subscribers after this week's free window. Source
  • 'I am sad that I'm not on television anymore': Bill O'Reilly breaks silence on Fox News exit

    Entertainment CBC News
    Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out." "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he said in an episode Monday of his personal website's No Spin News podcast, available only to subscribers after this week's free window. Source
  • Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Elton John has been hospitalized with an illness that has forced him to scrap a series of Las Vegas shows. Reports suggested the Rocket Man singer was battling poor health following a recent medical procedure and needed time to rest up, but now it appears the situation is much worse. Source
  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' review: Marvel's cosmic heroes hit all the right notes again [Photos] [

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    When it opened in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy had everything to gain and not much to lose. A ragtag bunch of space misfits that featured rapid-fire wisecracks, a talking raccoon and a tree that uttered the same three words, “I am Groot,” served as Marvel’s first foray into characters that weren’t Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or Hulk. Source
  • Maud Lewis painting found in thrift store bin surpasses $125,000

    Entertainment CTV News
    A painting by Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis, who friends say eschewed financial success in her lifetime, is setting price records 50 years after her death. Her artwork "Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S. Source
  • Vera Farmiga's sister cast in 'The Conjuring' spinoff

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Actress Taissa Farmiga is joining her sister Vera in The Conjuring supernatural horror franchise after landing the titular role in upcoming spinoff The Nun. The American Horror Story star, 22, will feature alongside Demian Bichir in the new movie, which is based on the demonic nun Valak, who came to life from a painting in The Conjuring 2 and attacked Vera Farmiga’s character, real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren. Source