Defense In Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial Rests After Calling Single Witness

Cosby was flanked by his wife of 53 years as he entered the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Monday morning.

A lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby accused the woman who said Cosby sexually assaulted her in 2004 of lying, in his closing arguments at the entertainer's sex assault trial on Monday.

Both sides are expected to give closing arguments Monday afternoon, and the jury could begin deliberations later in the day or on Tuesday.

So we ask this question: Is she here for Cosby or the cameras?

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the prosecution case. Cosby invited her to his home one night to discuss her career and the stress it was causing her, Constand said, adding that he called the pills "friends" that would help her relax. At the time, she was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

A conviction could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life. In his statement to police, Cosby says he gave Constand Benadryl after she complained of tension and trouble sleeping, and describes the sexual act that followed as consensual. Members of the audience, including some of Cosby's accusers who are not testifying, have not even been allowed to leave the courtroom in the midst of proceedings for bathroom breaks without being blocked from re-entering.

Cosby said before the trial that he did not plan to testify because of what could happen on cross-examination. Cosby himself chose not to take the stand, ending days of suspense over whether the jury would hear directly from him. But experts said the legal risks would be considerable.

"He could be a fantastic witness".

McMonagle said that in his opening arguments, he'd made several promises to jurors about what he would prove during the trial, and said he'd met all of them.

The prosecution presented excerpts from the deposition last week, including segments in which Mr Cosby admitted to engaging with Ms Constand in "the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

The defense opens it case Monday.

Ms Johnson had corroborating evidence in the form of her 1996 workers' compensation claim.

Cosby's lawyers argued in pre-trial hearings before Judge O'Neill against allowing some of the 60 other women who have accused Cosby of drugging and/or assaulting them to testify about these accusations, some of them dating back to the mid-1960s.

When asked why she never went to the police, Johnson said she was embarrassed and humiliated.

The defense's strategy had been to discredit Johnson and Constand. Though it seems somewhat tangential, Cosby's blindness was a point of contention in last year's pre-trial arguments, with his attorneys arguing that it rendered him unable to recognize his accusers, or to present a proper defense.

Victims' right groups have said Constand is a flashpoint for a larger cause but that it does not diminish her case.

Cosby, 79, is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, 44, a former Temple University employee, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. His answers, like his comedy routines, meandered and veered toward stream of consciousness. He talks in the deposition of "the penile entrance" and "digital penetration", and he told Constand's mother, when she called to confront him, that her daughter had had an orgasm. And he displayed hints of arrogance.

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