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Jury gets case in Cosby sex assault trial

13 Juin 2017

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in his closing argument.

While the prosecution spent five days building their case, the defense called just one witness and rested their case in minutes Monday after the former megastar declined to testify on day six of the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Cosby did not take the stand, ending days of suspense over whether the jury would hear directly from him.

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.

Cosby, who has been accused of decades-old sexual misconduct by more than 50 women in recent years, faces a lengthy jail stint if convicted. They complained that prosecutors were improperly striking blacks from the jury chosen in Pittsburgh. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor said. "What's she going to say tomorrow?" he said.

As jurors watched Steele closely, Cosby faced forward away from the prosecutor and the jury.

That's what Bill Cosby said to Andrea Constand as he handed her three pills.

Cosby's defense attorneys argued that his sexual contact with Constand was part of a consensual relationship between the two.

Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it. Cosby spoke loudly as he answered, responding "YES!" or "NO!"

Cosby arrived at court arm-in-arm with his wife, Camille, on Monday, marking her first appearance at the trial. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn, according to WPVI-TV, abc 6, of Philadelphia.

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Appearing on Sky News on Saturday, he was asked if he is a man of his word, to which he replied: "Well indeed I am. I'm just going to sit here and eat my book while you guys carry on".

"When you dance outside of your marriage, you gotta pay the band", he said. In the deposition, The Cosby Show star confessed to obtaining strong sedatives to hand out to females he wanted to have sex with, although he insisted he didn't use them when he is alleged to have assaulted Constand. Three pills that incapacitated her, allowing Cosby to sexually assault her while she could not move or tell him to stop.

He pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault. But experts said the legal risks would be conservable.

"This isn't talking to a trustee, this is talking to a lover", he said.

Ms Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.

If found guilty, the 79-year-old comedian could face up to 10 years in prison. The defence says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

"What are we doing here?" he said repeatedly. Dressed in a gray-and-white sweater and skirt, she had a rigid smile fixed on her face, and her white hair was shaved so close to her head that she nearly appeared bald.

McMonagle noted that Constand initially had trouble pinpointing when the assault occurred, telling police in one interview it happened in March 2004 and in others that it was January 2004.

Only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, who formerly worked for Cosby's agent, was allowed to testify for the prosecution last week; she said Cosby drugged her and assaulted her in a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles in 1996. His deposition was sealed for years until a judge released parts in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, prompting a new set of prosecutors to take a fresh look at the case and charge him.

"If you have sexual relations with someone when they're asleep, unconscious, that's a crime", Steele said. Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance.