Jury in Bill Cosby case drills down on deposition testimony

Jury in Bill Cosby case drills down on deposition testimony

Jury in Bill Cosby case drills down on deposition testimony

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.

Brian McMonagle claimed Andrea Constand told a stone-cold lie as he tried to convince the seven men, five women jury that the alleged victim has a reputation of lying, referring to the fact that Constand has changed her statements many times before.

If Cosby is found guilty, he could face up to 30 years behind bars.

In a note to Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill shortly before lunch, the jury also asked for more definition of part of the third charge, which accuses Cosby of penetrating Constand's genital area and states he "substantially impaired" her ability to control her conduct by administering drugs or other intoxicants "without the knowledge" of Constand. They heard excerpts covering a wide range of topics, from Cosby's first meeting with Andrea Constand to the night in January 2004 when she says he drugged and violated her.

As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

Jackson, a student adviser at Temple University where Constand worked as director of basketball operations for the women's basketball team, said she had regular contact with Constand and the two became fast friends. In it, Cosby described his encounter with Constand and said it was consensual.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Jackson says Constand once told her she'd been drugged and sexually assaulted.

The black comedian, once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, suggested recently that race could have played a role in the case against him.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition.

"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic".

About 50 women have made allegations against Cosby.

"The thing that keeps coming back is if these women were really so wronged, why did they continue their relationships with him, and that's her problem", said Treece.

"I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session", Cosby said in the 2005-2006 deposition. "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it".

Constand also initially told authorities she had never been alone with Cosby before the night of the alleged incident, but testimony revealed she had previously been alone with Cosby on two other occasions when he made "suggestive" or sexual advances toward her. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson. His admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him. After Jackson pressed her, Constand admitted it had not happened but said she could easily use the story to make money off the man, Jackson said.

In closing statements, they portrayed the actor as a sexual predator who deliberately drugged Constand so she would be unable to resist. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes.

But Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under USA statues of limitations.

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