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Cosby doesn't testify as defense rests case; closing arguments could come soon

Cosby doesn't testify as defense rests case; closing arguments could come soon”

The seven men and five women went to work about 5:30 p.m., deliberated for about 90 minutes before ordering dinner, and then asked to see a portion of Cosby's decade-old testimony from a civil suit filed against him by Andrea Constand, who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her in his Cheltenham home in January 2004. Cosby has been accused of raping or assaulting dozens of women, often after offering or slipping them drugs.

Bill Cosby leaves a Montgomery County courthouse in July 2016 after his request for dismissal of charges was denied. He admitted to giving the prescription sedative to multiple women with whom he wanted to have sex, and said he didn't take the drug himself.

Cosby, 79, declined a high-stakes gamble to give evidence and his attorneys rested their case in minutes - leaving the jury to hear the closing arguments of both sides.

Though dozens of women have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them, only Costand's accusations have led to criminal charges since the statue of limitations has expired on all of the others.

In a tense cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that several of Constand's initial statements to police, including the date of the alleged assault, were later proved to be false. It was then that a new prosecutor made a decision to charge him. Cosby says any contact was consensual. Turning to Mr Cosby's wife of more than 50 years, Camille, making her first appearance at the trial and sitting in the front row, he added, "And you deserved better".

WYATT: She was here to show that - I'm not going to stand for this, and I stand by my husband no matter what and how bad they try to paint him.

He opted to let female colleague Angela Agrusa cross-examine Constand and a witness, Kelly Johnson, who also said Cosby sexually assaulted her.

Constand was the prosecution's star witness in the week-long trial in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, testifying that Cosby gave her pills that left her unable to respond when he sexually assaulted her.

Cosby previously settled a civil case with Constand for an undisclosed sum of money. Speaking of, he followed that up with the timeless classic "She knew what she was getting into", setting a romantic scene where Constand and Cosby drank cognac by the fire together like lovers-or like two executives talking business at a country club-a meeting Constand agreed to even after Cosby had tried to put his hands down her trousers.

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"One of the greatest storytellers in the world and I'm failing", Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.

With Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, looking on in the courtroom for the first time in the 6-day-old trial, the TV star ended the suspense by telling a judge that he had decided not to take the stand after talking it over with his lawyers. "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it". Cosby has maintained he gave Constand blue Benadryl.

Immediately, Cosby's defence lawyer Brian McMonagle counter-argued and said, "Ms. Constand was untruthful time and time and time again".

In addition, Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that they had little contact after. "We're talking about all of a man's tomorrows".

In the prosecution's closing argument, Steele said that Cosby's lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand's allegations.

"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case.

She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers.

Actor Bill Cosby could charm jurors at his sexual assault trial if he testifies this week, but experts say the risk would be considerable.

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