Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bill Cosby sex case jury to resume deliberations

District attorney Kevin Steele, who re-opened the case in 2015 saying new evidence had come to light, dismissed the idea that Constand's sexual encounter with Cosby had been consensual.

Steele, continuing to address defense statements, said a "romantic interlude" did not exist between Constand and Cosby.

Constand was the prosecution's star witness in the week-long trial in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, testifying that Cosby gave her pills that left her unable to respond when he sexually assaulted her.

"He knew exactly what was going to happen and that was part of the plan", said Steele. A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account.

The jury, which is set to enter its fifth hour of deliberations, went straight to the heart of the case with its first question Monday night: Can we hear again what Cosby said he told accuser Andrea Constand when he gave her pills before engaging in sexual contact?

The prosecution rested its case on Friday after calling 12 witnesses to the stand. "Because of what he wanted", Steele told jury members.

The trial would move to closing arguments on Monday if the defense decided not to put anyone on the stand. She denied they had a romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed previous advances from him. As NPR reported last week, Constand testified, telling her story in public for the first time.

"McMonagle argued that Cosby was guilty of infidelity but no crime".

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"Stop this!" he pleaded repeatedly with jurors. He also pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault. But experts said the legal risks would be conservable.

Instead, most of Monday was given over to closing arguments, first the defense and then the prosecution, followed by jury instructions from Judge Steven O'Neill.

"When you dance outside of your marriage, you gotta pay the band", he said.

"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall", Cosby said.

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. She said she never consented to any sexual contact. The jury went home around 9:30 p.m. ET Monday without reaching a verdict.

In one of America's biggest celebrity trials in years, the 79-year-old pioneering black comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a Sh2.5 million ($25,000) fine.

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

Constand - who at the time of the assault was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees - testified last week that the assault left her humiliated by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

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McMonagle said he was working to "right a bad wrong" by representing Cosby, and said jurors looking to do the same should return a verdict of not guilty.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would be to control.

The defense says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

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

They asked the judge to repeat two different parts of Cosby's statements to authorities, asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to hear repeat testimony from the Canadian detective who interviewed Constand. "Mrs. Cosby has been supporting Mr. Cosby for the entire time they've been together for 53 years", he said.

Sworn in briefly outside the presence of the jury, Cosby told O'Neill that he did not intend to testify.

"All of the fancy lawyering ...can't get you around (Cosby's) own words", the prosecutor said. He also reminded jurors that in a 2005 deposition Cosby admitting giving women Quaaludes.

He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger — perhaps quaaludes.

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The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.

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