What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial

In one of the more explosive disclosures in the deposition, Cosby said he had obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex. She will tell her story in public for the first time when she testifies.

"The Cosby Show" star arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania Monday morning with former co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam on his arm.

And they argued that the delayed prosecution makes the case impossible to defend, given that witnesses have died, memories have faded and Cosby, they say, is blind.

After 30 minutes she said she was left unable to move or speak, which is when Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted her.

That woman, who worked for one of Cosby's agents in Los Angeles, has a similar story to Constand's, and it's expected prosecutors will use her testimony to suggest Cosby had a pattern of drugging and molesting women. She described an encounter she said took place in 1996 at the Hotel Bel-Air when she was in her mid-30s.

For nearly four years, Cosby (79) has been under fire, with more than 60 women coming forward to accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them, destroying the entertainment career he worked for over 60 years.

U.S. comedian and actor Bill Cosby is to go on trial for sexual assault in Pennsylvania later in a case that is expected to last about two weeks.

Members of Bill Cosby's television family, the Huxtables, gather in NBC's Today show studio for an interview with co-host Katie Couric, in NY. The unsealed deposition was central to Cosby's arrest in December 2015.

The trial involves just one of those complaints, that of the former Temple University basketball staffer.

Constand, who did not report the alleged assault for almost a year, said she had not maintained contact with Cosby after the incident.

As Bill Cosby's trial for sexual assault begins today, the spotlight is now on the woman whose accusations against the entertainer were the first to become public and whose allegations led to the current charges against him.

Among those getting seats in the courtroom are some of the about 50 women who allege they were sexually assaulted by Cosby.

The truth, McMonagle alleged, is that there was no dinner with friends - Constand went to Cosby's home for career advice - and they spoke on the phone 72 times after the assault, with Constand initiating 53 of the calls.

In February 2005, then Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. decided not to bring criminal charges against Cosby, citing "insufficient credible and admissible evidence".

Defense lawyers will aim to undermine Constand's credibility, asking why she failed to report the incident for a year and then could not recall certain details like the month when it occurred.

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

Feden, the prosecutor, warned the jury not to fall into the trap of confusing celebrities with the characters they play. "In reality, we only have a glimpse of who they really are".

Judge Steven T. O'Neill instructed the jurors for an hour, reminding them not to glance at news updates on their cellphones. On the other hand, cameras aren't allowed in Pennsylvania courtrooms, as they were in the Simpson trial. Two members are black.

  • Zachary Reyes