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Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

Acilia Dean | 12 Giugno, 2017, 22:20

Cosby's spokesman says maybe.

Cosby told a radio interviewer weeks before the trial that he did not plan to testify in his defense.

The defence called a single witness, the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home.

The defense grilled Andrea Constand earlier on Wednesday for almost five hours, focusing on inconsistencies in her past testimony, on which much of the case rests in what experts say will boil down to her word against his. In criminal trials, the onus is on prosecutors to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants are not required to take the stand.

"His reputation is severely tarnished now if not destroyed, he's got nothing to loose".

Mrs. Cosby stayed away from court last week during the prosecution's case, which included a reading of her husband's 2005 deposition in which he talked about giving women Quaaludes for sex.

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.

Members of the audience, including some of Cosby's accusers who are not testifying, have not even been allowed to leave the courtroom in the midst of proceedings for bathroom breaks without being blocked from re-entering.

This was said by assistant district attorney Kristen Feden in her opening statement.

The woman says that she was given pills by Cosby and later woke up with her clothes askew. The defense only called up police detective Richard Schaffer, who also testified for the prosecution, for brief questioning.

Cosby says that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl only to relieve stress, insisting that their s*xual relations were consensual and accusing her of lying. Wyatt previously told PEOPLE that Camille had planned to attend "one day", and has remained supportive of her husband of more than 50 years before and after he was charged.

Closing arguments to come. Deliberations could start as soon as this afternoon.

The defense asked the judge if they could disclose two pieces of information about Constand at the trial.

If Cosby testifies, and denies drugging and molesting Constand or anyone else, the judge might allow more accusers to testify as rebuttal witnesses. "This is talking to a lover", Mr McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes. The former actor was joined last Monday by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". Phone records also show that Cosby and Constand made numerous calls to each other after the night of the alleged assault. Camille Cosby isn't in the courtroom for that.

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"I'm assuming [detectives] tried to see whether or not this was a pattern on her part of chasing celebrities", a defense lawyer argued.


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