What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives with publicist Andrew Wyatt (L) and comedian Joe Torry for the fifth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 9, 2017.

RadarOnline.com has learned Cosby's lawyers are now debating whether to call the 79-year-old comedian to the stand in his own defense. Cosby has said the encounter was consensual. "We are weighing all our options".

He then moved for a mistrial, but the court official denied the motion.

"We are feeling great about the trial this week", said Wyatt.

Cosby's lawyers are set to begin presenting evidence Monday after a whirlwind government case highlighted by Constand's first public statements about the alleged attack and Cosby's own potentially damaging words - picked from a deposition he gave for a lawsuit she filed against him in 2005.

Charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, Cosby could face more than a decade in prison if convicted.

These hypothetical questions, of course, closely mirrored the dynamics at work between Cosby and Constand, who, at the time of her alleged assault, was an employee at Temple University, where Cosby was a trustee.

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

The jury was not immediately read one of the most explosive exchanges in the deposition where Cosby acknowledged using quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, in his pursuit of women for sex.

COURTHOUSE The jury weighing the fate of Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his Cheltenham mansion, learned on Friday that he once testified he obtained quaaludes to give to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

About five dozen women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. He said the suggested dosage of diphenhydramine for adults is one 25-milligram tablet.

Legal Expert Speaks on Latest Developments in Cosby Trial
Legal Expert Speaks on Latest Developments in Cosby Trial

The toxicologist also discussed the somewhat similar effects and side effects of diphenhydramine, which is better known by the brand name Benadryl. Rohrig, who serves on a national committee involved with drug-facilitated crime research, said the drug has been used to facilitate sexual assault.

Prosecutors called 13 witnesses over five brisk days. Rohrig said the effects Constand described were consistent with the effects of Benadryl.

"If it's a well-known person, the victim takes on a lot of responsibility for that person's reputation, especially if that person is well-liked or beloved", Valliere testified.

Jurors heard from the comedian even though he didn't take the stand. Prosecutors introduced his lurid testimony from a decade ago about how he gave pills to Andrea Constand and then fondled her. So she's in control I'm not going to argue with someone.I apologized twice.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Prosecutors are expected to continue focusing on Cosby's testimony on Friday.

"I still feel that I have an very bad lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance", he said.

McMonagle, sounding highly irritated, pointed to continued objections to Valliere's testimony, and said the woman's testimony has essentially instructed jurors on what their eventual verdict should be.

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

Defense lawyers have focused on discrepancies in Constand's and Johnson's accounts.

Dr. Valliere's testimony occurred after Cosby's lawyers had tried to discredit Constand's credibility, highlighting how she had continued to stay in touch with the embattled funnyman despite the reported rape. The judge ordered jurors to disregard Feden's question.