Gianna Constand electrified the Montgomery County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon (June 7) with a description of a 2 1/2-hour phone call she alleges she had with Bill Cosby on January 16, 2005, immediately after learning of Cosby’s alleged sexual assault of her daughter, Andrea.
During this call, Cosby asked Gianna Constand to put Andrea on the phone; the three of them had a conversation during which, Gianna Constand says, Cosby tried to persuade Andrea to tell her mother that the “sexual encounter” between them had been consensual. In graphic detail he described what had taken place, including the touching of breasts and of genitals. Cosby called Gianna Constand “Mom” throughout the conversation, she says.
“‘But don’t worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration, only digital,'” Constand says Cosby told her. “He was talking, telling a story, trying to make me believe that it was consensual… manipulating it.”
Gianna Constand claims that Cosby told her, “Oh, I feel bad telling you this, it sounds perverted. Do I sound like a perverted person?”
“By this point, Andrea [hadn’t told] me what he had done. She was embarrassed to even tell me. I learned more about it from the defendant than I did from her,” Gianna Constand said. “He said to her, ‘Andrea, don’t you remember? Mom, she even had an orgasm.’”
Here is a transcript of more of Gianna Constand’s testimony:
He was manipulating, storytelling about what was consensual, and things like that. So our conversation continued for a very long time and I kept asking, ‘Why did you do that to Andrea? Why would you… you were very good friends… why didn’t you call 911, why did she sleep there; what if she had died? How would you know if she had dropped dead in all those hours?’
He put her on the chesterfield and did whatever he wanted, and then he put her to bed.
Obviously in all that time I’m not one to let a situation go and so I kept harping at him, and when he realized the game was over and there was no manipulating… I said, ‘I don’t care for storytelling, I want you to tell me the truth.’ I felt we had been on the phone long enough, we had covered many, many things about his own personal life where he admitted he was a sick man, and he said what can I do, and what can I do for Andrea.
I said Andrea will need therapy, I’m sure she will need therapy from this. We’ll take care of it ourselves. The only thing I would like from you is an apology. He said, ‘I apologize to Andrea and I apologize to you, Mom.’
You could hear a pin drop in the courtroom, all of a sudden.
This article was originally published by Death and Taxes.