Bill Cosby Victim Andrea Constand Gives Impact Statement: He ‘Took My Beautiful Spirit and Crushed I
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—By drugging and sexually assaulting her, Andrea Constand said “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.”
Constand’s victim impact statement was released Tuesday morning during the sentencing portion of Cosby’s criminal trial. The 81-year-old comedian was convicted this past April of sexually assaulting Constand in 2005. Cosby will learn how much prison time, if any, he will serve for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand. She is one of more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault going back five decades.
Constand told the court on Monday she didn’t feel it was necessary to read the statement aloud. “I have testified. The jury heard me. And now all I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit.”
The two met at Temple University in Philadelphia more than a decade ago. He was a trustee and she was an official on the women’s basketball team. After Constand finished as one of the top three female high-school basketball players in Canada, she played four years on scholarship at the University of Arizona and two years professionally in Europe.