Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bill Cosby sex assault case in hands of jury


The repercussions from the case already destroyed the family friendly image of a man whose groundbreaking work in television earned him the nickname America's Dad, and produced a stunning late-in-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in the entertainment world.

The six-minute defence came after a week-long prosecutorial case was laid out against Cosby; several witnesses were called to testify, including Kelly Johnson, who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1996 in a similar fashion to Constand's allegations. McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime.

"I have three friends for you to make you relax", Cosby said he told Ms Constand, according to a deposition transcript reread to the jury.

"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic", he added. He said Cosby may be flawed, but he's not a criminal.

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.

Cosby's wife, Camille, appeared in court for the first time Monday morning, entering and exiting on her husband's arm and sitting through McMonagle's closing argument.

Cosby declined to testify in his own defense, and his attorneys only called one witness, a police detective who also testified for the prosecution.

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.

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The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender. The jury included two black members. She said she never consented to any sexual contact. "What's she going to say tomorrow?" he said.

"Stop this!" he pleaded repeatedly with jurors. Constand took a seat in the front row on the opposite side of the courtroom. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, saying he was targeted because of his fame and success and that his sexual encounter with Costand was consensual. But experts said the legal risks would be conservable.

The woman had sued Cosby after prosecutors decided a decade ago not to bring charges. She had waited 12 years for her day in court.

"All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words", Steele said. She settled a 2005 civil lawsuit against Cosby for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case.

Phone records showed she made no such call in January, he said, and instead show she only called Cosby's phone numbers in NY. The jury went home around 9:30 p.m. ET Monday without reaching a verdict.

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

"This isn't talking to a trustee".

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. "This is not a civil case about money, money, money". Later, Valentino said in an interview that she was proud to be singled out because she'd helped expose a man she called "the biggest serial rapist in American history".

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Constand didn't react to McMonagle's closing but smiled at the end of it.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, tried to sow doubt about Constand's story.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are zeroing in on the night Cosby says he gave his accuser three blue pills that he described as "friends".

Constand, then 31, said she twice rebuffed his efforts, including one time when he tried to unzip her trousers.

The defense had tried repeatedly since Cosby's December 30, 2015, arrest to have the case shut down, saying the charges were filed too late and the accusers were after money.

Kevin R. Steele, the Montgomery County district attorney, also addressed Mr Cosby directly, in a closing argument that lasted more than two hours on just the sixth day of a fast-moving case, originally anticipated to have taken weeks, not days, to present. 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.

He also said he gave Ms Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

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