PHILADELPHIA -- Andrea Constand, the woman whose allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her, said the pills he gave her made her feel like a "limp noodle," leaving her helpless to fend off the 2004 attack. Constand, a 45-year-old former Temple University women's basketball administrator, spoke to NBC News in her first interview since the "The Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Her comments closely tracked what she said on the witness stand at Cosby's two trials -- the first-- as she described how Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends," then attacked her at his suburban Philadelphia home.
"My mind is saying, 'Move your hands. Kick. Can you do anything? I don't want this. Why is this person doing this?' And me not being able to react in any specific way," Constand said in the taped interview, a brief clip of which aired on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday. "So I was limp. I was a limp noodle."
"I was crying out inside, in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop," she said. "And I couldn't do anything."
Constand said she felt ashamed and didn't immediately tell anyone about the assault because she thought no one would believe it.
NBC's full interview with Constand is due to air Friday night on the network's "Dateline" show.
After the verdict in Cosby's trial was read in April, there were tears and cheers from inside the Pennsylvania courtroom. Some emotional witnesses left the room and spilled into the hallway.
"I feel overcome by emotion," Cosby accuser Lili Bernard told CBS News' correspondent Jericka Duncan after the verdict was handed down. "Like, it's surreal."
awaiting sentencing Sept. 24. The comedian, who turns 81 in July, is likely to face a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. He has maintained his innocence, saying his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.
Cosby's lawyers attacked Constand at the April retrial as a "con artist" who framed Cosby in order to extort a huge civil settlement from him. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $3.4 million over a decade ago.