Andrea Constand accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 2004, and finally saw him convicted on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018. Learn more about the brave woman here.
1. Andrea Constand worked at Temple University when she met Bill Cosby. Andrea Constand, now 44, was the director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Bill Cosby, now 80, is a university alum, and a trustee. He became her mentor and close friend, and she often went to him for advice. Constand went to his home in 2004 for one of their mentoring sessions, but things turned sinister after the comedian gave her pills and alcohol. Constand said he sexually assaulted her while she slipped in and out of consciousness.
2. Cosby was found guilty of assaulting her in an April 26, 2018 verdict. A jury convicted Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault after deliberating for 14 hours. The comedian faces a potential maximum 30 years behind bars for the crimes, but he has not been sentenced at this time. He remains free at this time on a $1 million bail. Five other women who claim to be Cosby’s victims testified on Constand’s behalf at the trial, and they all cheered outside the courthouse with her after court was adjourned.
3. She didn’t tell anyone about the assault for a year. After moving back to her native Canada, Andrea’s mother noticed that her daughter had been acting strangely, unlike the bubbly woman she normally was. After about a year, Andrea finally confessed to her mother what allegedly happened, and her mom reported it to authorities. Bill maintained that their encounter was consensual In 2005, there was reportedly “insufficient credible and admissible evidence” to pursue the case. But now, Cosby has been convicted.
4. She once called Cosby a “narcissist.” In her court filings from summer 2015, Andrea said that Bill was “narcissist,” who missed clues that she was gay. At the time of her alleged assault, she was in a committed relationship with a woman, and did not have consensual sex with the comedian, as he’s arguing.
5. She moved to Canada after her assault. Andrea now lives in her native Canada, in Ontario, and no longer works in academia or sports. After serving as the director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team from 2001-2004, and following her alleged assault, Andrea moved back to Canada and began studying massage therapy. She now works as a successful massage therapist.