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Bill Cosby's accuser testifies at trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby's primary accuser took the stand at his trial Tuesday and gave her version of what happened inside Cosby's Montgomery County home more than a decade ago.

Andrea Constand, 44, said she viewed the Cosby as her mentor and someone she trusted.

Constand said Tuesday that she met the comedian while working for the women's basketball team at his alma mater, Temple University. She says they were friends for about 16 months before he sexually assaulted her.

She says they became friends over conversations about the basketball team and later her career.

Constand says she fended off mild advances from Cosby before the night he gave her pills that he said were natural and would "take the edge off." She says she then felt paralyzed and helpless as Cosby groped her.

The TV star once dubbed America's Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting Constand. He has previously called the encounter consensual.

Constand had never spoken publicly about the TV star under the terms of a confidential settlement they negotiated in 2006. Her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.

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