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In deposition, Bill Cosby says apology wasn't admission of a crime

13 Juin 2017

COURTHOUSE The jury weighing the fate of Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his Cheltenham mansion, learned on Friday that he once testified he obtained quaaludes to give to young women with whom he wanted to have sex. The drug was created as a sleep aid, said Timothy Rohrig, and is still available with a prescription in some countries.

The jury in entertainer Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial heard portions of his 2004 deposition regarding his encounters with accuser Andrea Constand.

On Friday, during cross-examination of Pennsylvania police officer James Reape, Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, pounded away with questions about the timeline of the case.

Cosby said it was on her second visit to his home that she rebuffed him.

Quaaludes, sometimes called ludes or disco biscuits, gained popularity in the 1960s and '70s.

"Quaaludes happen to be the drug that. young people were using to party with, and I wanted to have them just in case", Cosby said then.

In particular, much of Friday's testimony consisted of read backs of Cosby's description of a phone call with Constand's mother, Gianna.

Cosby said in the deposition that he promised to send Gianna Constand information on the pills, but did not share what they were. She also said a survivor might not remember every detail of an assault, like how long it lasted or the date, but can remember parts of it like "how someone's tongue felt in their mouth", for example. "The mother is coming at me for being a dirty old man".

McMonagle also argued that Constand's prior relationships were relevant because her own lawyers have previously said that she couldn't have had an interest in Cosby because she is gay.

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Cosby's explanation was contained in a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of a lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, the woman whose allegations resulted in the only criminal charges brought against the TV star.

Constand, who testified for seven hours earlier in the week, tells a very different story, saying she "wasn't able to" refuse his advances after taking three blue pills given to her by the comedian. Schaffer's testimony could blunt efforts by Cosby's lawyers to seize on the fact that Castor saw no case.

She testified that such victims often fear they'll face backlash for harming a well-known person's reputation if they come forward.

He testified past year that he had talked with Cosby's lawyer before making his decision and that it was meant to let Cosby speak freely at a potential civil deposition - the same deposition that prosecutors are now relying on at his trial.

The 79-year-old Cosby has said he will not testify.

"Whatever the content of the article is, it is not relevant to this case", Judge Steven O'Neill told Cosby's lawyers, declining efforts to show the article in full to the jury.

Prosecutors plan to close their case Friday afternoon after five days of testimony. The defense has highlighted Constand's decision to refrain from reporting the alleged sexual assault for nearly a year, but a prosecution witness pushed back against this criticism Friday.

Cosby also described calling Ms Constand's family and offering her money for graduate school.

Prosecutors are expected to continue focusing on Cosby's testimony on Friday. She said contrary to popular assumptions about rape, most sexual assaults actually occur between people who know each other and where there's an unbalanced power dynamic.