In 2002 actor Bill Cosby met Andrea Constand at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia, where she was on the staff of the women’s basketball team. Later, in the beginning of 2004, Cosby invited Constand to his home to discuss her career options. While she was there, Cosby gave her pills to relax her before lying on the couch with her and engaging in sexual acts. At the time Cosby was 66 and Constand was 30.
About a year later Constand told her mother about the incident with Cosby and that it was non-consensual. They reported the matter to police, who suggest they record Cosby on a phone call. In the call, Cosby admitted performing “digital penetration” but refused to identify the name of the pills he gave Constand. The case was then referred to Pennsylvania authorities.
In February 2005 Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor announced he would not charge Cosby. In describing the case against Cosby as weak, Castor cited the yearlong delay in Constand’s report to her mother, Constand’s continued contact with Cosby after the incident and the fact that other accusers who had also come forward had never filed formal complaints with law enforcement.
In March 2005 Constand civilly sued Cosby for sexual battery and defamation. During that case Cosby gave four days of deposition testimony about his affairs with young women over 50 years. The case ultimately resulted in a confidential settlement. Continue reading