Andrea Constand, one of the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, sat down for her first major TV interview since his release from prison. She told NBC News that she considers him to be a “sexually violent predator” with “zero remorse.”
Cosby’s conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in June over a legal technicality. Constand said she was “shocked” and “disappointed” by his release.
When asked if coming forward with her story was worth it following Cosby’s release, and enduring a public legal process and scrutiny, Constand said it was “worth it.”
“It was worth it. But it was worth it because I wasn’t alone,” she said. Constand was one of 60 women to accuse Cosby of sexual assault or misconduct.
“Bill Cosby walks free. But it doesn’t change the fact that my testimony was believed,” Constand says during the interview. Cosby had been convicted in 2018 of assaulting Constand in 2004. He was originally sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
“I have come way too far to go back to that place to wonder whether it’s all worth it or to have regrets. It was worth it. It was worth it,” Constand said.
If you or someone you know need immediate mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.
These additional resources are also available:
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-6264
The Association of Black Psychologists 1-301-449-3082
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America 1-240-485-1001