Cosby lawyers say he and accuser were lovers

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 13, 2017

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

Judge O'Neill shot down a defense motion to put a second witness on the stand, a woman who had worked with Constand at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater.

When asked if he understood what was happening, Cosby answered in a booming voice: "Yes!" But jurors still heard plenty from him as prosecutors read them excerpts from his 2005 police statement and civil deposition.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

If convicted of all three criminal charges against him, Cosby could be sentenced to 30 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. That meant the prosecution rested its case on Friday, just five days after the trial began.

But his fate rests on the allegations of just one, 44-year-old Andrea Constand, who alleges that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

His wife Camille, who was conspicuously absent as prosecutors called 12 witnesses last week, did watch from the gallery as Cosby placed his right hand on a Bible and was sworn in to confirm his decision for the record.

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

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified. Initially, the Cosby trial was expected to stretch out to two full weeks, but it has proceeded much faster than expected.

" 'We're not flawless, are we?' he said, pausing and looking at Camille Cosby, 73".

He added that Constand was always clear on the key facts: Cosby gave her unidentified pills he suggested were herbal, and then sexually abused her. The women said the drugs left them unable to resist his advances. McMonagle has previously emphasized discrepancies in Constand's statements to law enforcement, including her shifting estimates of when the incident occurred.

Cosby himself opted not to testify in the case, in which he is accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Meeting through employment, a substantial age gap, frequent phone contact, ingratiating with the families, serving as a mentor, isolation prior to the sexual contact, Cosby wanting the accuser to "relax", and the administration of pills followed by a sexual assault. In criminal trials, the onus is on prosecutors to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants are not required to take the stand.

McMonagle used a big screen to show jurors how Constand's story evolved in her interviews with police, noting that she was off by two months on the date of the alleged assault and inaccurately told police she had never been alone with Cosby before.

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says the comedian and his primary accuser were lovers.

But Steele said it's no accident that some of Constand's memories are faulty. She testified that nothing romantic happened in the hotel room, and that she made those phone calls as part of her job at Temple.

"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", McMonagle said.

District Attorney Kevin Steele's closing arguments were businesslike and direct. 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.

Before Cosby was placed under oath, O'Neill said, "I can't directly see you, but I know you're over there".

Constand filed a cvil lawsuit that was settled in 2006 after Montgomery County, Pa., prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Cosby. Johnson told jurors Cosby sexually assaulted her in a strikingly similar manner in 1996.

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial. His daughters have not done so. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma. "I thought the only thing they could do would be an expert".

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