Jury hears Bill Cosby's apology for 2004 sexual encounter

Jury hears Bill Cosby's apology for 2004 sexual encounter

Jury hears Bill Cosby's apology for 2004 sexual encounter

So far in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial, the prosecution's case has been strong, stronger perhaps than the defense had expected.

Cosby, 79, is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, 44, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004.

If Cosby testifies and prosecutors are then allowed to ask about those other women, said Oliver, the Duquesne University law professor, it would drastically tilt what, in the eyes of the jury, amounts to a "he said, she said" case. "We are weighing all our options". Rohrig, who serves on a national committee involved with drug-facilitated crime research, said the drug has been used to facilitate sexual assault.

The trial is expected to run almost two weeks, with the defense launching their case in the next few days.

Cosby's team made a preemptive attack in that direction earlier today, attempting to get the case thrown out due to "bias" on the part of the state's expert witness.

Cosby was charged in 2015 with felony aggravated indecent assault shortly before the statute of limitations on Constand's claim expired. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 to 30 years in prison.

The judge dismissed jurors about 3:40 p.m. Friday.

Constand arrived to the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Late Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, prosecutors spent several hours going over the deposition Cosby gave in Constand's long-settled civil suit filed in 2005, in which he discussed Constand.

According to the deposition, Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to multiple women before sex.

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In his deposition, read in court by Montgomery County detective James Reape and District Attorney Kevin Steele, Cosby said that in the 1970s he had received seven prescriptions for quaaludes from a doctor in Los Angeles, even though he never meant to take them.

Court also heard Cosby refused to tell Constand's mom what drugs he had fed her daughter.

He said he was self-conscious about possible perceptions that "this is a dirty old man with a young girl". For the jury, this is likely to be the closest it comes to hearing from Cosby himself, since he has said he does not intend to take the stand.

His decade-old comments are crucial because prosecutors contend that Cosby may have given Constand some Quaaludes on the night in question, not the Benadryl he says he offered to help her relax. Instead of cutting off all contact with a perpetrator, "the victim often wants to get that relationship right back to where it was nice and comfortable again".

"When offenders act like nothing happened, or try to revise the truth, it may contribute to the victim's fear they won't be believed", she said, adding that this "creates some kind of mixup within the victims' own feeling of reality".

After jurors were excused for lunch, defense attorney Brian J. McMonagle moved for a mistrial, arguing that Valliere's testimony had eroded Cosby's presumption of innocence.

"I apologized to this woman".

He testified past year that he had talked with Cosby's lawyer before making his decision and that it was meant to let Cosby speak freely at a potential civil deposition - the same deposition that prosecutors are now relying on at his trial. McMonagle asked Valliere again.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden countered that the testimony was within legal bounds.

In the excerpts, Cosby spoke about apologizing to Andrea Constand and her mother during a telephone conversation about a year after Constand says he drugged and violated her. But as the testimony continued, the big question remained whether jurors will connect the same dots.

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