Cosby defense rests without calling the comedian to testify

A jury began deliberating Monday about whether Bill Cosby is guilty of sexual assault after his lawyer acknowledged in court that Mr Cosby is a deeply flawed man, an unfaithful husband who may have shattered his fans' illusions, but insisted that what he characterised as a dalliance with a much younger woman was an affair, not a crime.

Count 2 alleges she was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent.

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", District Attorney Kevin Steele said in his closing argument, according to Reuters. Constand testified last week that she made the calls because of her job at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and a famous alumnus, and Steele noted the calls stopped as soon as she left the school.

The Cosby defense presentation was startlingly fast: one witness, a police detective, who was on the stand for a total of six minutes.

Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice.

The comedian stands accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting Constand in his Cheltenham mansion in January 2004. Cosby also faces up to $25,000 in fines if convicted, and would have to register as a sex offender.

After just six minutes, United States comedian Bill Cosby's legal team in his high-profile sexual assault trial rested their case. Tuesday begins the first full day of jury deliberations. The former Temple University employee is accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia home. "This is about evaluating the facts", Steele said. They wanted to revisit the portion of a 2005 civil deposition where the comedian, now 79, talked about giving her "three friends". "I have three friends for you to make you relax".

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified.

" 'She'd remember it for the next 365 days and all the days of her life if there were a sexual assault in this case, ' the attorney said".

Andrea Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her paralyzed and unable to fight him off as he groped her breast and genitals. Testifying for more than seven hours last week, Constand denied there was any romance between them and told jurors she had rebuffed his advances before the assault.

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Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors Constand's story evolved and details changed over three interviews she gave to police after coming forward about a year after she says he assaulted her.

Cosby's spokesman, Wyatt, said Jackson's statement would "let the world know" that Constand had perjured herself. In criminal trials, the onus is on prosecutors to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants are not required to take the stand. Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, . Cosby's lawyers hammered home the point that she doesn't know just when it happened, and they questioned why she had regular phone contact with Cosby later that spring, including more than 50 calls to him.

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner. They complained that prosecutors were improperly striking blacks from the jury chosen in Pittsburgh.

A verdict in the case is expected quickly, with deliberations beginning on Monday following the prosecution's closing statements.

She sued Cosby after prosecutors declined to press charges in 2005.

As they watched, Steele repeatedly asserted that, in a sense, Cosby had already confessed.

Legal experts said testifying would have been a risky move that could have opened the TV star to withering cross-examination about some of the 60 or so other women who have accused him of drugging or molesting them. Another witness, Kelly Johnson, testified that she was the victim of a similar attack by the comedian in 1996.

Prosecutors said that Cosby, at his deposition more than a decade ago, admitted to giving Constand pills (Cosby said it was Benadryl) and touching her sexually.

Cosby arrived at court arm-in-arm with his wife, Camille, on Monday, marking her first appearance at the trial. By allowing Cosby's wife to enter the courtroom in the middle of proceedings while the judge was speaking, officials at the Montgomery Courthouse extended her an extraordinary and unprecedented courtesy. His daughters have not done so.

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