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Bill Cosby’s Accuser Andrea Constand Blasts Court For Setting ‘Predator’ Free

By Modupeoluwa Adekanye 07 September 2021   |   12:56 pm

Bill Cosby’s Accuser Andrea Constand Blasts Court For Setting ‘Predator’ Free

The woman whose testimony put Bill Cosby behind bars, only for him to have his conviction overturned on a technicality in June, has told of the sick feeling she felt when he was released, and of her anger at the court decision.

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Andrea Constand, 48, told The New York Times, in an interview to promote her new memoir, that she was aghast when she was told that Cosby’s conviction was reversed. She said:

‘I had a lump in my throat. I really felt they were setting a predator loose and that made me sick.’

Constand is also set to appear on NBC News to discuss her encounter with Cosby to promote her book.

Asked about the comedian’s conviction being overturned, she said: ‘I was really shocked. Disappointed.’

But she insisted she had no regrets, saying: ‘I have come way too far to go back to that place to wonder whether it’s all worth it or to have regrets. It was worth it. It was worth it.’

Cosby, after spending nearly three years in prison, walked free in June when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 conviction – a conviction secured after two trials, on charges filed by Constand, a Canadian former basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The court found that Cosby relied on a written promise from a district attorney that he would never be charged if he gave incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil lawsuit – only to have it later used against him in two criminal trials.

That civil suit saw Cosby pay Constand $3.8 million.

Cosby recently turned 84, and the statute of limitations has expired for all other accusers – although he faces another civil suit, relating to a 1974 allegation.

Constand began writing her memoir, which is published on Tuesday, to deal with the lasting trauma from the 2004 encounter. She fell ill with COVID while writing it, and likened the sickness to having an elephant sat on her chest.

‘The healer in me knew I had to dive back into everything again and really try to remember and it was really chilling for me at times,’ she told the paper.

‘Trauma is not wired for you to remember. It’s wired for you to forget.’

Constand began writing her memoir, which is published on Tuesday, to deal with the lasting trauma from the 2004 encounter. She fell ill with COVID while writing it, and likened the sickness to having an elephant sat on her chest.

The healer in me knew I had to dive back into everything again and really try to remember and it was really chilling for me at times,’ she told the paper. Trauma is not wired for you to remember. It’s wired for you to forget.

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