Canadian accuser behind Bill Cosby’s sex assault charge once a top basketball prospect…

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Andrea Constand is a basketball phenom-turned-massage therapist in Toronto whose Twitter page is filled with sunny messages and inspirational quotes for attaining “bliss.”

She is also now known around the world as Bill Cosby’s accuser.

Constand, whose allegations of sexual assault against entertainer Bill Cosby resulted in criminal charges Wednesday, once played hoops for Toronto’s Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute, where she reportedly scored an average of 30 points a game.

In a Toronto Star profile in 1991, when she had just signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Arizona, Constand was said to be regarded by many to be “the top female high school basketball player in Canada.”

She would help the Arizona Wildcats clinch the women’s National Invitational Tournament title. She also played for Canada’s national team and had a brief stint playing in Europe.





In 2001, Constand became director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Philadelphia’s Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater. He became her mentor.

It was on a visit to Cosby’s home in January 2004 when Constand alleges that Cosby coaxed her into taking pills before sexually assaulting her.

She waited a year before reporting the alleged assault to authorities.

By that time, she had quit her job at Temple and returned to Canada to pursue a new career as a massage therapist.

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Handout via Getty ImagesBill Cosby poses for a mugshot during his arraignment on Dec. 30, 2015.

It wouldn’t be her last encounter with the comedy legend. In August 2004, she took her parents to see Cosby perform at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ont.

Her parents began to sense something was wrong.

“We knew something was going on, but we didn’t know what it was,” her father, Andy Constand, later told the Toronto Sun.

He said his daughter finally decided to go to police because massage training had taught her “when you violate a person, it’s not right.”

After prosecutors declined to charge Cosby, Constand launched a civil suit against him, which was settled in 2006. Portions of Cosby’s deposition, in which he claimed to know how to read women’s sexual cues, were released earlier this year.

Constand challenged that claim by revealing she is gay.

The Toronto Sun posted video of Constand walking two dogs on Wednesday. Asked if she was happy charges had been laid, she offered no comment — just a hint of a smile.

In a Twitter post earlier this month, she wrote: “Never, ever turn down an opportunity for healing, even if you know it’s gonna break you wide open.”

30/12/2015 20:22  By: National Post

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