Cosby's accuser, wife see defense's argument

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

Cosby has arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, during his trial alongside celebrities, including his "Cosby Show" co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam and his "California Suite" co-star Sheila Frazier.

Bill Cosby has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault. As expected, Cosby chose not to testify.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017.

Steele, continuing to address defense statements, said a "romantic interlude" did not exist between Constand and Cosby. "It's criminal", District Attorney Kevin Steele said in his closing argument.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser and his wife sat feet apart as lawyers delivered closing arguments in his trial on charges he sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

The two sides launched into their closing arguments after the defense put on a case that consisted of just one witness - a detective - and six minutes of testimony. There were rumors on Friday that Cosby might take the stand. 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.

Bill Cosby's lawyer says the entertainer has nothing to run from and nothing to hide.

During Constand's cross-examination, Cosby's defense team made a point to focus on what they are arguing is an ever-changing account.

Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team.

"This isn't talking to a trustee". Cosby's spokesman suggested last week that the comic might take the stand, but his lawyers were mum.

"Just tell the truth - what are we doing here?" he continued, one of many exclamations he made in a fiery and at times histrionic closing that lasted almost two hours. "I don't understand it".

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. She denied they had a romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed previous advances from him.

She sued Cosby after prosecutors in 2005 declined to press charges. Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify.

McMonagle told jurors that Cosby's freedom is at stake now, not just his finances.

"This isn't a civil case like I told you where we're talking about money", he said. Let's be real. Let's look each other in the eye and talk about why we're here.

The prosecution rested its case Friday after five swift days of testimony in the case that could send the 79-year-old Cosby to prison for the rest of his life.

"'I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl, '" Steele said, reminding the jury of Cosby's recollection of that phone call.

"All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words", Steele said. He also described three pillars of the case had been proven: 1) Cosby drugged Constand; 2) She was "legally" unconscious; and 3) She was unable to consent to sexual activity.

Among other admissions, Cosby said in that deposition that he acquired drugs to give to women he sought for sex; McMonagle asked no questions about that on cross-examination, apparently wanting to move past talk about giving drugs to women.

Cosby says he gave Constand a cold and allergy medicine to help her relax.

"I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session", Bill Cosby had said.

The defense case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

Experts had said the legal risks would be considerable.

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