Bill Cosby arrives at courthouse for 2nd day of trial

He would frequently call and ask about the basketball team, she said, and the conversation occasionally turned toward her career aspirations.

Cosby, 79, is not charged with any crime for that alleged incident, and the woman's testimony is meant to merely set the courtroom stage for the testimony of Andrea Constand, a former basketball manager at Temple University in Philadelphia whose sexual assault accusation is the focus of the ongoing criminal trial, now in its second day here in suburban Philadelphia. "The judge has allowed her story to be included in this trial because the prosecution says it is similar enough to the actions against Constand that it can bolster this idea that he had a pattern". Cosby grinned at the defence table as she struggled to explain them. On its face, her claim wasn't surprising, he said, given the stressful conditions of working at William Morris and other agencies like it in Hollywood.

After taking the pills, Constand said to the officers she felt dizzy and her legs felt like jelly. He has previously called the encounter consensual.

The first witness to testify in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said on Monday that the comedian had drugged her before sexually abusing her in 1998 - the same method prosecutors say he used in the alleged 2004 attack that he is on trial for. She described an encounter she said took place in 1996 at the Hotel Bel-Air when she was in her mid-30s. She said her daughter later told her she woke up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes undone - an account that tallied with what Johnson testified about on Monday.

While there, Cosby offered Constand three blue pills to help her relax, calling them herbal supplements, she told police, according to Mason's testimony.

The mother of a woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sex assault has recalled the day her daughter told her the entertainer had drugged her at a hotel.

It wasn't immediately clear how soon she would take the stand.

The announcement that Cosby's main accuser, Andrea Constand, would be called to the witness stand at his sexual-assault trial sent a jolt through the jammed courtroom here. She slurred her words and had trouble seeing, she testified.

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Constand went to police in her native Ontario about a year after she says Cosby assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Those developments led prosecutors in Pennsylvania to bring charges against Cosby a decade after the district attorney at the time concluded the case was too weak.

"He said to me, 'They're your friends, they will take the edge off, '" Constand testified. I said, 'What are they?

Miller testified that no transcript was made of the deposition itself, an agreement he struck with Johnson's lawyer because of the sensitivity of her claims.

In fact, the defense contended, Cosby and Constand had been alone twice before in homes in the Philadelphia area and in CT.

Other details did match up. "And she had gotten semi-unconscious because of whatever she had taken, and that he had exposed himself to her and taken some of her clothing off".

Under questioning from Cosby's lawyers, Miller revealed that his notes from her 1996 deposition show Johnson told him the encounter happened in 1990.

Prosecutors opened their case on Monday by calling another woman to the stand, Kelly Johnson, to show that the TV star made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.

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Cosby frequently invited her to his home for dinner parties and on trips to New York City and Foxwoods Casino in CT.

"My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out", she said, crying. She is one of the five-dozen women who have come forward since October 2014 to accuse Cosby of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s.

Importantly, for the prosecution, his memory of Johnson's allegations precisely matched the former talent agency worker's testimony the day before.

Cosby's attorneys have been intent on crushing Johnson's credibility by suggesting that her attorney, Gloria Allred, coached her about what to say in her public statements about Cosby.

Bill Cosby arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Lyons was ecstatic about the birthday greeting. Bill Cosby, left, exits the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017.

A judge is expected to decide Tuesday if the mother of one of his accusers can testify.

During questioning, she told the jury she met Cosby in the winter of 2002 while she worked as director of basketball operations at Temple University. Johnson answered typical questions about where she lived, what medical treatment she received, and what typically caused her stress. Cosby is charged with assaulting a Canadian woman, who also is expected to testify.

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The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.

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