After news broke last week that shamed comedian Bill Cosby was arrested for allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania mansion in 2004, the woman involved has been forced out of her private life into the spotlight, People reports.
Constand, a massage therapist living in Ontario, Canada, is among the several women who have accused Cosby of lascivious acts, and the court re-opened her case after the allegations began to pick up steam. He is being held on $1 million bail, and if convicted on the three counts of assault he is facing, he sees the possibility of a multi-year prison sentence.
Although she is now one of the key players in the case against Cosby, Constand reportedly doesn’t want the spotlight and camera lens on her every move.
“This is not something she sought out,” a source close to Constand told People. “The DA’s office came to her.”
The magazine also reports that the 42-year-old is also not too crazy about her story being twisted and turned, but will do what she can to make sure the story is told nonetheless.
“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.” She also took to Twitter last week to voice a response to the media circus.
Let’s all stay classy plz! That includes anybody who may be inserting their opinion as to whether anything was fully investigated period.
— Dre constand (@itweatyou) December 31, 2015
When Cosby’s deposition was released back in July, he reportedly called Constand “a liar,” admitted to giving her Benadryl and told her to tell her mother “about the orgasm”, so she knew their encounter was consensual.