Jury in Cosby trial gets instructions from judge

Accusations of actor Bill Cosby's sexual assault allegations first surfaced in 2014.

Cosby says he gave her Benadryl to relieve stress, insists their sexual relations were consensual and accuses her of lying. Judge O'Neill has permitted an additional woman to testify in the trial who also says Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted her, similar to the way he's accused of sexually assaulting Constand.

Cosby has said he will not testify at the trial. "She doesn't walk out with an attitude of huff, because I think I'm a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them", he said in the deposition, which was first reported by the New York Times.

Constand, a former basketball player at Cosby's alma mater Temple University and more than three decades his junior, will appear as the prosecution's key witness during the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played the 79-year-old comedian's youngest daughter, Rudy, on the top-rated "Cosby Show", said during Monday's court lunch break that "ultimately it's about standing by your truth".

"She said your apology is enough", Cosby later said in a deposition. Prosecutors had hoped to have 13 other accusers testify.

Both sides gave jurors a preview of their approaches to the case, with prosecutors focusing heavily on the pills that Cosby has admitted giving Constand and the defense blasting away at inconsistencies in Constand's statements to police.

Then a deposition unsealed in 2015 in a lawsuit brought by Constand revealed an unsavory private life marked by a long history of extramarital liaisons with young women.

At least one other member of Cosby's television family - actress Phylicia Rashad, 68, who played his wife on The Cosby Show - is expected to make an appearance during the trial, says Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's spokesman. Constand's civil suit, which was filed in 2005, led the Montgomery County district attorney's office to prosecute Cosby in 2015.

"This case is not going to be decided on optics", Allred said.

There will be no cameras in the courtroom, not will any Twitter update be allowed out the courtroom. This resulted in her drifting in and out of consciousness and unable to fend him off when he raped her.

Constand filed a police complaint in 2005 over the night a year earlier, when, she says, Cosby drugged her and put his hand down her trousers.

Trust and betrayal was a theme also harnessed by Cosby's defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, who framed the case as a man being the victim of false allegations. March 2005: Constand sues Cosby for sexual battery and defamation. Cosby, according to his deposition in her lawsuit, once invited her to a dinner with local college presidents and also took her to Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT to talk career options with an executive.

Feden told the jury they would hear portions of a call between Cosby and Constand's mother, and said the comedian's representatives offered to fly them to Florida to discuss the matter.

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

"To be so callous and so remorseless to take advantage of that - to ruin me again - it was like one more nail in my coffin", Valentino said.

  • Salvatore Jensen