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Cosby won't testify, defense rests in sex assault trial

Cosby won't testify, defense rests in sex assault trial”

Cosby did not take the stand, nor did his wife.

Bill Cosby may be a pill-pumping lothario but the disgraced comic and the woman accusing him of drugging and molesting her were lovers, his lawyer said Monday. Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby's statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.

Cosby, 79, could serve 10 years in prison for the charges of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, making it possible the comedian and alumnus could be in prison for the rest of his life.

Cosby, best known for his role as the dad in the 1980s hit family TV comedy "The Cosby Show", in 2015 was charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in the Philadelphia suburbs, just days before the statute of limitations was to run out.

The jury of seven men and five women were bused in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have been sequestered in a hotel for the trial. The jury began deliberations tonight at 5:25 p.m. Having failed to reach a decision, the men and women of the jury retired for the night and will reconvene this morning.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, and Constand was chief among them.

A former Temple University employee alleges that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia.

The defense has focused on inconsistencies in Constand's statements about certain details of the alleged assault and pointed out that she remained in contact with Cosby for months after the night in question. She testified he offered her three blue pills that he said were herbal and would help her relax.

"Put them down, they're your friends". Numerous jurors were expressionless during testimony, but a few were smiling and chuckling when they entered the courtroom on Monday afternoon to receive final instructions from Steven T. O'Neill, the presiding Montgomery County judge.

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", he said.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating. Cosby then placed her on the couch and sexually assaulted her without her consent, she said.

In it, Cosby admitted getting a prescription to a sedative called Quaaludes back in the 1970s and giving the drug to women he wanted to sleep with.

In his argument, McMonagle emphasized that Cosby consistently portrayed the encounter as consensual.

Brian got dirty, constantly victim bashing Andrea, painting her out to be someone who was in a consensual relationship with Cosby and who wasn't honest. She had waited 12 years for her day in court.

Constand said she was "mistaken" when she made those statements to police. Tuesday begins the first full day of jury deliberations. "I'm insulted by that", Steele said. Cosby, who did not testify, has denied all allegations. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson.

Prosecutors wanted 13 other accusers to testify at the trial, but the judge allowed just one, Kelly Johnson, an assistant to his agent at the William Morris Agency.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

"Yes", replied the defendant, who on Monday was accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Camille, for the first time in court.

Cosby has previously arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse with various celebrities from the world of entertainment.

"Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of her lawsuit, eventually settling the case for an undisclosed sum".

Other actors have joined on other trial days, including two appearances by Joe Torry. His daughters have not done so.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.

On Monday, for the first time, Cosby, 79 and almost blind, was accompanied to court by his wife of more than 50 years, Camille. "Who says something like that when you're in that situation?"



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