Saturday 20 January 2018

Woman accusing Bill Cosby of sex assault denies prior romance between them

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby. Photo: Reuters
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby. Photo: Reuters Newsdesk Newsdesk

The woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault has denied any prior romance between them.

On the third day of Cosby's trial in Philadelphia, Andrea Constand was questioned at length by the entertainer's lawyer about her phone records.

Angela Agrusa claims her line of questioning will show Ms Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged 2004 assault.

But Ms Constand said she never received the records from her employer Temple University for the work-issued phone.

Ms Constand has said she felt her friendship with Cosby was important to the school's athletics department.

She managed the women's basketball team at Temple while he was a high-profile trustee.

Ms Agrusa has suggested Ms Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault.

Ms Constand said the mood at the time was friendly.

Arriving at the court earlier, Cosby was accompanied by one of his movie co-stars from the 1970s.

Actress Sheila Frazier was on Cosby's arm as he headed into the building in Norristown.

Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy California Suite, which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda.

Frazier was accompanied by her husband John Atchison, a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Cosby and his wife Camille.

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