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


The jurors in the trial are Pittsbugh-area residents, who have been brought to the Norristown courthouse at the order of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill.

Cosby says his attorneys won't call any character witnesses. He said Constand has given "one inconsistent statement after another", questioning why she told police at various points in 2005 that she had never been alone with Cosby prior to her alleged assault, that she never contacted him again after and that her assault had happened in March 2004 - all claims she would later revise before her testimony last week.

"Who says something like that?"

Steele said the key facts were not contested during the trial, and have remained consistent in Constand's various statements over time: Cosby got to know her and became a mentor; one night in 2004 he gave her pills at his Cheltenham home and they had a sexual encounter. However, Andrea Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges against the formerly beloved star of The Cosby Show. On Monday, the question hanging over the case was whether the TV star himself would testify. He called back to Cosby saying he had seven prescriptions for quaaludes and kept them for giving to other people.

He allegedly gave her pills that paralyzed her and left her unable to resist when he started touching her in his Philadelphia home.

- Bill Cosby has shown up with his wife, Camille, for the first time. When McMonagle urged jurors to view the alleged sexual encounter between her husband and Constand as part of a year-long romance, Camille Cosby sat with her head held high, a slight smile on her face.

Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille - who attended proceedings for the first time in the six-day-old trial - was stoic during the defence's argument. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys.

Cosby entered the courtroom Monday appearing composed and confident, contrasting with an often-glum persona from previous days.

Last week the prosecution spent days laying out the case against Cosby, calling 12 witnesses to the stand.

Just hours before the Bill Cosby defense team rested their case, prosecutors had already done the same.

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Philadelphia defence lawyer Alan Tauber says that's less likely in Cosby's case because his fame makes him an unlikely flight risk. Cosby's spokesman, Wyatt, said that meant a lot.

When asked if he understood what was happening, Cosby answered in a booming voice: "Yes!" "This is talking to a lover", he said of one call that lasted 49 minutes.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. When Cosby was questioned about the night of the alleged assault, he told police that he did not have sexual intercourse with Constand, either "awake or asleep".

"It would be very bad for him for the jury to even begin to think about the other women", Oliver said.

Accuser Andrea Constand, 44, has told her side of the story.

The defense could call other witnesses to try to bolster their argument that Cosby had a consensual relationship with Constand, 35 years his junior. Steele asked jurors before launching into another quote from the Cosby depositions.

In those depositions, Cosby admitted to stockpiling quaaludes for the express objective of giving them to young women he wanted to have sexual contact with. "All the fancy lawyering", he told jurors, "can't get your around your own words". Constand - then an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers. A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths".

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

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal.

"You do what you do to her, and then you leave?" You paid her attention. No blanket? No nothing?