Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn't take stand

Monday, 12 Jun, 2017

Cosby had earlier arrived at the courthouse in Norristown, Philadelphia, for the third day of his trial accompanied by actress Sheila Frazier, who starred with him in the 1978 comedy California Suite.

The celebrity lawyer representing most of the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault was ejected from the comedian's trial yesterday after her phone rang. Constand and Johnson have been unable to recall or reconcile specific testimony that each provided ten or twenty years ago.

Wednesday's questioning got off to a ponderous start as Agrusa pored over phone records showing Constand's 53 calls to Cosby in the months after she says he molested her.

The 75-year-old attorney says she was baffled because she thought the phone was turned off.

Cosby's wife, Camille, is supposed to attend the trial at some point, Wyatt told PEOPLE, but she has yet to make an appearance.

"I did not want to stir up any trouble". She urged Cosby, who had previously told her he gave pills to her daughter, to send him the name of the medication he'd given her. Cosby kept still, looking down at the defense table through most of the morning. The two had become friends through her work at Temple University, where she was an administrator for the women's basketball team and he sat on the board of trustees. The countervailing idea-that Cosby identified women whose professional vulnerabilities could be used as an opening for sexual exploitation-has not yet been suggested inside the courtroom.

Andrea Constand, 44, a former Temple University athletic department employee, also wrapped up her testimony on Wednesday.

"No, ma'am, he never said a word to me", Constand replied.

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"You're coming to the man that assaulted you and you're bringing him bath salts?" she said. This young man was just trying to help me figure it out. It's much easier, in the short term, to pretend everything is fine. I felt humiliated and I felt confused. Women will need quite a bit more collective power for this not to be true.

Allred represents more than a dozen of the 50-plus women who have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. She says Cosby fondled her breasts and genitals after drugging her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

"He was talking about it nearly like he was... trying to make me believe it was consensual, that it was okay by her", Constand testified in Montgomery County Court. "Prior to the night in question, you had two evenings of sexual contact, didn't you?" She was still sobbing when Cosby's attorney Angela Agrusa began cross-examination.

"You knew that Mr Cosby was married, right?" asked Agrusa.

Agrusa also grilled Constand about inconsistencies in her initial report to police about the night of the assault.

The dramatic scene was more than a dozen years in the making. "And I believed he supported numerous athletic programs". "I got very aggressive".

WHAT'S NEXT: With Constand off the witness stand, prosecutors will continue building their case.

"I feel you're testing my memory about irrelevant things", she said. Constand testified on stand for four hours, where she delivered a tearful yet poised account of the long history she and Cosby share.