PHILADELPHIA (CBSMiami/AP) — The trial might be over but the Bill Cosby saga isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.READ MORE: North Miami Beach PD Needs Help Locating 15-Year-old Jeimy Henrriquez
The woman whose allegations that Cosby drugged and assaulted her led to his conviction said the pills he gave her made her feel like a “limp noodle,” leaving her helpless to fend off the 2004 attack.
Andrea Constand, 45, a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator, spoke to NBC News in her first interview since the jury convicted “The Cosby Show” star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Her comments closely tracked what she said on the witness stand at Cosby’s two trials — the first ended in a hung jury last summer — as she described how Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends,” then attacked her at his suburban Philadelphia home.
“My mind is saying, ‘Move your hands. Kick. Can you do anything? I don’t want this. Why is this person doing this?’ And me not being able to react in any specific way,” Constand said in the taped interview, a brief clip of which aired on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday. “So I was limp. I was a limp noodle.”
She added: “I was crying out inside, in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop. And I couldn’t do anything.”
Constand said she felt ashamed and didn’t immediately tell anyone about the assault because she thought no one would believe it.READ MORE: Former US Rep. Carrie Meek Passes Away At 95
NBC’s full interview with Constand is due to air Friday night on the network’s “Dateline” show.
Cosby is confined to his home awaiting sentencing Sept. 24.
The former comedian, who turns 81 in July, is likely to face a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
Cosby has maintained his innocence, saying his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.
His lawyers attacked Constand at the April retrial as a “con artist” who framed Cosby in order to extort a huge civil settlement from him.
Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $3.4 million over a decade ago.MORE NEWS: Officer Injured, Suspect Dead Following Coral Gables Police-Involved Shooting
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