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Prosecution rests its case in Cosby trial

Prosecution rests its case in Cosby trial

On day five of his criminal trial, Bill Cosby's representative revealed the actor may have a change of heart and decide to take the witness stand next week. On Monday, the defense is slated to begin what is expected to be a very short presentation.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are listening to his testimony about getting quaaludes in the 1970s to give to young women before sex. He raised his walking stick in acknowledgment.

People yelled, "We love you Bill Cosby, " and "Hey, hey, hey, " the catchphrase from Cosby's "Fat Albert" TV show. He then waved from the back of an SUV.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele displayed Cosby's words on a large projection screen Friday during the fifth day of Cosby's trial, at which he's charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his alleged contact with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University athletic department employee, after plying her with blue pills and wine at his New Second Street home sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004. After all, his defense is that the pair's sexual encounter was consensual, something that becomes decidedly less likely if Andrea Constand is gay.

Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger, perhaps the quaaludes he admitted obtaining decades ago.

Prosecutors evidently saved the quaalude testimony for maximum effect.

The judge in the Bill Cosby trial listened to arguments from both the prosecution and defense teams before ruling that a mistrial was not indicated.

Rohrig also testified that Constand's symptoms were similar to the physical effects associated with quaaludes, a powerful sedative.

In the deposition Cosby gave as part of a civil suit Constand filed against him in 2005, the entertainer said Constand's mother had called him to discuss an evening he'd spent with her daughter. The 79-year-old could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Cosby gave the deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by Constand and later settled for an undisclosed sum.

His deposition also showed he anxious that his career could take a financial hit if Constand's allegations became public.

On Friday, during cross-examination of Pennsylvania police officer James Reape, Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, pounded away with questions about the timeline of the case.




"I apologised to this woman".

"I didn't want to talk about what did you give her".

Mugging in front of the cameras this week after a fan said it was her birthday, he asked, "How old?"

Veronique Valliere, a psychologist and expert on victim response to sexual assault, testified for prosecutors that there are numerous reasons why sex assault victims delay reporting, including embarrassment or a fear of being judged.

Cosby's lawyers asked for a mistrial, complaining that Valliere was offering observations about Cosby even though she was only allowed to testify generally about victim behavior.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill torpedoed the request.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Mr Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.

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

His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told Reuters that Cosby got into his vehicle after a fan interaction outside court and told him, "Restoration of legacy", showing his reputation is on his mind.

The prosecution's key witnesses, Constand and another accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified that Cosby gave them unidentified pills to help them "relax".

Cosby's wife, Camille, has yet to be seen in court.

While Cosby had said prior to the trial that he would not testify, it was Wyatt who said: "We have not ruled out Mr. Cosby testifying".


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