Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cosby Told Police His Accuser Didn't Rebuff His Advances

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cosby Told Police His Accuser Didn't Rebuff His Advances

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. * Bill Cosby acknowledged to police more than a decade ago that he fondled Andrea Constand after giving her what he said were cold and allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement introduced Thursday at the comedian's sexual-assault trial.

But Cosby also told police that Constand showed no ill effects from the 1 Benadryl tablets and never objected to his behavior. The TV star said they had been romantic before.

Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. He has said the sexual encounter at his Philadelphia home in 2004 was consensual.

The January 2005 interview with police was conducted at his attorney's offices in New York about a year after the alleged assault.

Asked by police if he ever had sex with Constand, Cosby replied: "Never asleep or awake."

"I never intended to have sexual intercourse, like naked bodies, with Andrea. We are fully clothed. We are petting. I enjoyed it. And then I stopped, and I went up to bed," he said, according to the statement read to the jury.

Prosecutors decided against charging Cosby at the time, shutting down a police investigation after four weeks.

A sergeant testified Thursday that then-District Attorney Bruce Castor closed the inquiry hours after police met to review their next steps.

"We had been discussing investigative leads and where they were going," Sgt. Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Police Department told the jury on Day 4 of the comedian's trial.

Castor announced in 2005 that Cosby would not be charged because the evidence had shown both parties "could be held in less than a flattering light." He said he was concerned that Constand had stayed in touch with Cosby and waited a year to call police.

A new set of prosecutors brought charges against Cosby a decade later, after a judge unsealed the comic's testimony from a lawsuit brought against him by Constand. …

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