Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

The trial would move to closing arguments on Monday if the defense team decides not to put anyone on the stand.

The release of the sensational testimony spurred Pennsylvania prosecutors to reopen their investigation and arrest Cosby a decade after the district attorney who originally investigated Constand's complaint decided the case was too weak to bring charges. The defense argued that Cosby's apology to Gianna Constand wasn't an admittance of assault, but rather an effort to make the consensual relationship between himself and Andrea look less like one between a young woman and "a dirty old man". Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would be to control. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger - perhaps quaaludes, a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the 1982.

The defense case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

Bill Cosby's wife Camille has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial.

After a series of phone calls, Constand, who was then in her 30s, said the married Cosby began inviting her to dinner at his house and other events.

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case.

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The spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said some members of Cosby's family will join him in court as the trial wears on.

"Yes", replied the defendant, who on Monday was accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Camille, for the first time in court. The couple also has four daughters.

The defense's main goal in the prosecution phase of the case was to attack the credibility of Constand and the other accuser, Kelly Johnson.

During a break Friday, Cosby's spokesman dangled the possibility the comic might testify after all.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. But Cosby also says in his testimony in her lawsuit that he had once before put his hand down her trousers, and his fingers inside her body, without her objecting until he tried to kiss her breasts.

Meanwhile, the veteran performer could charm jurors at his sexual assault trial if he testifies this week, but experts say the risk would be considerable. His lawyers also declined to disclose their strategy or say who will testify when they begin presenting their case.

The trial of Bill Cosby will continue Monday with Cosby's lawyers having the opportunity to provide a defense to charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in his Cheltenham home in 2004.

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