Statement: Cosby Says He Fondled Andrea Constand After Giving Her Benadryl Tablets

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Bill Cosby acknowledged to police more than a decade ago that he fondled Andrea Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement introduced Thursday at the comedian’s sexual-assault trial.

But Cosby also told police that Constand showed no ill effects from the 1 1/2 Benadryl tablets and never objected to his behavior. The TV star said they had been romantic before.

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Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. He has said the sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 was consensual.

The January 2005 interview with police was conducted at his lawyer’s offices in New York about a year after the alleged assault.

Asked by police if he ever had sex with Constand, Cosby replied: “Never asleep or awake.”

“I never intended to have sexual intercourse, like naked bodies, with Andrea. We are fully clothed. We are petting. I enjoyed it. And then I stopped, and I went up to bed,” he said, according to the statement read to the jury.

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Prosecutors decided against charging Cosby at the time, shutting down a police investigation after four weeks.

A sergeant testified Thursday that then-District Attorney Bruce Castor closed the probe hours after police met to review their next steps.

“We had been discussing investigative leads and where they were going,” Sgt. Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Police Department told the jury on Day 4 of the comedian’s trial.

Castor issued a press release in early 2005, saying Cosby would not be charged because the evidence had shown both parties “could be held in less than a flattering light.” He said he was concerned that Constand had stayed in touch with Cosby after the alleged assault and waited a year to call police.

After Cosby left court Thursday, a woman heckled the actor, yelling, “We will not be scared of you, Bill Cosby.”

A new set of prosecutors brought charges against Cosby a decade later, after a judge unsealed Cosby’s sworn testimony from a lawsuit brought against him by Constand. In his deposition, he talked about giving pills and alcohol to women he wanted to have sex with.

Constand, 44, of Toronto, directed the women’s basketball team at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, where he was a powerful trustee.

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She testified this week that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers against her will after giving her pills that left her so limp and foggy-headed that she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop. She denied they had a previous romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed his previous sexual advances.

On Thursday, a former neighbor, Purna Rodman Conare, testified that Constand became distant and withdrawn in the months after she said the entertainer drugged and violated her. Conare said Constand’s open, easygoing personality changed drastically in early 2004.

Day four of the trial began two hours late with no explanation.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand’s case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

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  1. Mark Mach says:

    If this rapist does not go to prison, we might as well legalize rape.

  2. Tallie Jones says:

    FBI profile of sexual predator: 1. identify someone that is vulnerable to manipulation or unaware of sexual predation 2. Seduction 3. re-shape sexual norms (they seem sexually normal at first) 4. socially isolate their target (insisting on privacy/secrecy) 5. turns on her, judges her, uses the co-erced behavior against her.

    this seems like bill cosby

  3. Eric Jordan says:

    Anyone know what that “Skank” Chelsea Clinton thinks of all of this. the left wing nut jobs want her in all news. And did she figure out an answer for President Duterte when he asked her how she felt about “f——-g Monika Lewinsky in the white house and raping those other women.

  4. But most of you pathetic losers forgave Bill Clinton for similar crimes. Leftsts = Rape.

    1. Don Stickney says:

      Forgave?! Heck, most turned around and accused Clinton’s victims of lying! And many in the lamestream news media and feminist groups piled on! Even a lot of the same spokespersons that used to claim that women NEVER lie about accusations of rape, sexual harassment or misconduct were suddenly changing their tune!

  5. Jeff Kelly says:

    Its All in the “Bill” genes. They just can’t help it.

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