Comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial started on Monday in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
In three hours of emotional testimony, another woman, Kelly Johnson, described to the jury how the comedian allegedly drugged and assaulted her at a hotel in Los Angeles in 1996.
Johnson, who worked as an assistant to Cosby’s agent and had known him since the early 1990s, told the jury in tears that Cosby “intimidated” her into taking a white pill to help her “relax.” Some time later, she says, she woke up half-naked in the bed in his hotel room.
“I could see a bottle of lotion on the corner of the nightstand,” Johnson said. “He put lotion in my hand, and he made me touch his penis.”
She also explained that she was too afraid to tell anyone about the incident.
“I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at that time, and it was just me,” Johnson said.
In his opening statement, Cosby’s defence attorney, Brian McMonagle, said, “Sexual assault is a terrible crime. The only thing worse than that is the false accusation of sexual assault.”
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