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Bill Cosby's wife Camille makes first court appearance at sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby's wife Camille makes first court appearance at sexual assault trial”

The extramarital affair was an example of a flaw in Cosby's character, and not criminal behavior, McMonagle said.

"It's amusing, she had selective amnesia for everything I asked her", he said, urging the jury to employ "common sense" in reaching its verdict.

Bill Cosby returns to the courtroom following a break in his trial Monday in Norristown, Pa.

The 79-year-old pioneering black comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, in one of America's biggest celebrity trials in years.

Cosby maintained only that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress, and that they had consensual sexual relations, accusing her of lying.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, completing the stunning late-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in show business.

Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse. Having failed to reach a decision, the men and women of the jury retired for the night and will reconvene this morning.

The prosecution had rested its case on Friday after calling 12 witnesses.

Chief among those witnesses was Andrea Constand, the former Temple employee who says that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in January 2004.

Philadelphia defense lawyer Alan Tauber says that's less likely in Cosby's case because his fame makes him an unlikely flight risk. Prosecutors presented nearly no forensic evidence, and legal experts have said the trial fits the "he said-she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.

"Put them down, they're your friends".

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", he said. But jurors still heard plenty from him as prosecutors read them excerpts from his 2005 police statement and civil deposition. Cosby says any contact was consensual. Insisting Andrea was a "lover" of the comedian - not a victim, McMonagle questioned her on the basis that the two willingly sat by the fire, drank Cognac, and burned incense together.

Since beginning deliberations on Monday afternoon, jurors have asked to hear some of Cosby's prior statements, including his description of the pills he gave Constand prior to the alleged attack.

The prosecution relied heavily on parts of the deposition Cosby gave to police in a 2005 civil suit brought by Constand. He cited Cosby's admission that he went to his own bedroom on the night of the alleged assault at his suburban Philadelphia estate, leaving Constand alone on a couch.

"It requires tremendous concentration and command of the facts, and the ability to synthesize that in real time", Hall said.

Steele was adamant that the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Cosby is guilty of raping Constand. He opted to let female colleague Angela Agrusa cross-examine Constand and a witness, Kelly Johnson, who also said Cosby sexually assaulted her.

"We're not here for Andrea Constand". She testified that nothing romantic happened in the hotel room, and that she made those phone calls as part of her job at Temple.

But what could perhaps be the most revealing statement that prosecutors spotlighted again and again to the jury came from Cosby's sworn statement to investigators. He admitted to giving her pills without telling her what they were, and he also admitted to penetrating her genitalia with his fingers, Steele noted.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray Constand as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money. He returned Monday so defense lawyers could emphasize again that Constand visited Cosby inside his room at a CT casino prior to the alleged attack and that Cosby's vision problems apparently stretched back more than a decade.

Cosby lawyer Brian J. McMonagle described sexual assault allegations from dozens of other women and a worldwide media scandal as the real reasons that his client now sits in court facing charges that a decade ago a previous prosecutor had concluded wouldn't hold up.

He allegedly gave her pills that paralyzed her and left her unable to resist when he started touching her in his Philadelphia home.

Bill Cosby did not testify in his trial.

Camille Cosby is the first member of his family to join him in arriving at court. His daughters have not done so.



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