For the past decade Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand has lived a quiet life, out of the media spotlight, slowly building a new career as a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada.
Now, thanks to the recent arrest of entertainer Bill Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004, she has lost her anonymity again.
“This is not something she sought out,” a source close to Constand, 42, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The DA’s office came to her.”
The source says Constand is doing her best to keep her spirits up as reporters once again descend on her hometown and photographers follow her every move.
“She’s grateful for all the support she’s gotten but does get upset when misinformation is printed about her,” says the source.
“She’s not comfortable in the public spotlight but will continue to cooperate.”
Newly elected Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele confirmed that the DA’s office reached out to Constand at a Dec. 30 news conference. He said that the office reopened the investigation after Cosby’s deposition in her long-settled civil suit – in which Cosby admitted to giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s – became public.
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Cosby’s admission was a “significant factor” in that decision, Steele said.
After the admission, Steele said, “We examined all the evidence we had available to us,” and “made this determination because it was the right thing to do.”
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Constand was director of women’s operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team in January 2004 when, she alleges, Cosby gave her pills at his house and sexually abused her as she faded in and out of consciousness.
She went to authorities in January 2005; that February, the prosecutor announced he was not filing criminal charges against Cosby.
Cosby, who was charged with one count of aggravated indecent assault and has posted $ 1 million bail told investigators the sex was consensual and his lead attorney, Monique Pressley, calls the charge “unjustified” and promised to mount a vigorous defense. Constand revealed in court papers last summer that she was gay and was in a relationship with a woman at the time.
Constand’s Lawyer ‘Amazed’ at Cosby Media Blitz Given Prior Confidentiality Agreement
Since Cosby’s arrest, Pressley has appeared on all three broadcast networks’ morning shows and has done interviews with other media vehemently defending her client. Meanwhile, Constand and her attorneys have stayed mum for the most part.
Dolores Troiani, one of Constand’s attorneys, noted both sides are bound by a confidentiality agreement from the lawsuit Constand settled with Cosby in 2006 (though they are in court trying to get the confidentiality part lifted).
“We’re just amazed at the media blitz conducted by Ms. Pressley, particularly because they ve taken the position that if we make a fair response we would be in violation of the agreement,” Troiani tells PEOPLE.
“And that position is all anyone needs to know to assess the credibility of their statements,” Troiani adds.
Pressley declined to comment.
For her part, in her only public comment, Constand urged people not to speculate and let the legal process unfold.
“Let’s all stay classy plz!” she tweeted Thursday. “That includes anybody who may be inserting their opinion as to whether anything was fully investigated period.”