Fame is not always good when it gets to head, it can have some devastating consequences. Such was the case with the actor Bill Cosby who was accused of sexual assault by numerous women. He was accused by 60 women on grounds of sexual assault. From high-profile actresses to athletes, complaints against the actor piled up in 2018. In the sea of accusations, Andrea Constand had the most audible voice. The former basketball player for the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team, Andrea was the first woman to raise her voice against Cosby. This sparked a series of support for the athlete with several voices joining in.
Andrea Constand was born on the 11th of April 1973 in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Canada, Andrea loved sports from a young age and got into basketball. The second daughter of the family, Andrea shares her parents Gianna Constand and Andy Constand with her sister Diana Constand Parsons. Andrea attended the local Toronto High School before moving on to the University of Arizona. After graduating with a degree in Communication, Andrea moved to Italy to pursue professional basketball for two years.
How did she meet Bill Cosby?
Andrea got her first taste of college basketball while playing for the University of Arizona. She later moved to Italy before coming back to the States to work as the staff of coach Dawn Staley at Temple University. This was back in 2002 and Andrea met Bill during her time at the University. Excelling in her professional life, Andrea rose to the position of Director of Basketball Operations. Andrea and Bill were introduced by a mutual friend and Bill would often act as a mentor for Andrea. The pair would bump into each other in socialization parties and Bill would often talk about getting Andrae into social broadcasting. Things changed in January 2004 when Bill invited Andrea to his house. Andrea later testified in court that Bill had drugged her and was touching her private parts. Having passed out from drugs, Andrea claimed that it was too late when she realized that she had been raped by Bill Cosby. This had an everlasting impact on Andrea as she broke up with her then-girlfriend and preferred to remain away from most of her friends.
Seeking Legal Action
Andrea first filed a case against Bill in 2005 which was dismissed due to insufficient credible and relevant evidence. The case was settled with cash in 2006 outside the jurisdiction of the court. In the wake of the MeToo movement, 60 different women filed a case against Bill Cosby. This allowed Andrea to reopen her case which went for a second trial on 5 June 2017. The case reached its conclusion on 26 April 2018 and Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The star was then taken to Norristown, Pennsylvania on the 24th of September 2018. The case was settled and Bill was sentenced to prison.
A case against her former prosecutor
In 2018, Andrea filed another case against her former prosecutor, Bruce Castor. Bruce was sued for defamation as he claimed that she added to her testimony against Cosby. The case was settled in February 2019 with an undisclosed settlement.