The family of Andrea Constand says their daughter felt betrayed by the star
The woman who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging and groping her has been publicly identified by her parents – who say their daughter felt betrayed by the star and now wants justice.
Andrea Constand, 31, a former employee of Temple University’s basketball program and hoops star from the University of Arizona, says she met Cosby through Temple, where he’s an alumnus and booster, New York’s Daily News reports.
Constand’s identity was disclosed by her parents, who are speaking out about their daughter’s accusations. “She feels a sense of betrayal and feels justice has to prevail,” her father, Andy Constand, told the Toronto Sun, adding that his daughter previously considered Cosby a “great friend and mentor.”
No criminal charges have been filed in the case, and Cosby denies any wrongdoing.
In her police report filed last month, Constand claimed she dined with Cosby and friends last January, and returned to his nearby home after the meal. Constand said she felt “stress and tension,” and that Cosby gave her some pills.
According to her allegations in the report, she felt dizzy, and Cosby helped her to a couch. Following that, Constand claims her memory is fuzzy, but she alleges that the 67-year-old comedian improperly touched her. She says that she awoke early the next morning with “her clothing in disarray and her bra undone.”
Constand did not come forward with her allegation until Jan. 13, saying that she was afraid to go to police because of Cosby’s celebrity.
Cosby reportedly has been cooperating with investigators.