Bill Cosby Trial: The Who, What and What Next
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 0:53
Each count of his charge carries a possible 10-year sentence.
Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The deliberations are scheduled to resume Wednesday, June 14.
Cosby maintained that Constand was a willing sexual partner and she hid the fact that the two had a romantic relationship.
Jackson said Constand told her she had been drugged and molested.
Bill Cosby's lawyers Brian McMonagle, left, and Angela Agrusa, right, take the elevator to the courtroom during Cosby's sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Cosby also declined to tell her what pills he had given Andrea Constand, but he did say they were from a prescription bottle, she testified.
The comedian, who's on trial for allegedly drugging and raping a woman in 2004, voiced the character Fat Albert in the TV cartoon that he created in 1972. He said Judge Steven O'Neill would not let the defense call Jackson to the witness stand.
"Your friends", Cosby said he told her.
Jurors had portions of Constand's testimony read back to them Wednesday. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.
Bill Cosby, accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, walk to the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Constand has alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.
While the elder Constand testified that Cosby admitted that he was a "sick man" and was trying to find a way around the matter, Mr. Cosby said he feared extortion by the family. During his interview with Ms. Constand, Sargent Schaffer acknowledged that she was "anxious", a word Cosby had previously used to describe her before given her the pills. Cosby says he gave Constand Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her. Prosecutors believe he gave her something stronger.
Authorities declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005, but a new district attorney reopened the case in 2015 after Cosby's deposition was unsealed at the request of The Associated Press. In the deposition, which became public almost two years ago, Mr. Cosby said he gave Ms. Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl.
Nonetheless, the comedian whose storytelling artistry fueled a $400 million fortune went quiet when he had the chance to take the stand, unwilling to risk cross-examination about his 60 other accusers if he denied ever drugging or molesting anyone.
Jurors will reconvene Tuesday morning after deliberating for four hours Monday night.
Prosecutors say his prior use of Quaaludes shows that Cosby had knowledge of what he was doing when he gave her the pills.
Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who said that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behavior after the trauma.