Jury begins deliberating sex charges against Bill Cosby


Deliberations began in Bill Cosby's trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault on Monday night after prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final pleas to the jury.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life.

They began deliberating at 5:25 p.m. on Monday and continued for about four hours into the night, and they continued deliberating at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women on Day 6 of the trial after closing arguments painted different pictures of what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate.

For proof Bill Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, one need look no further than the comedian's own words, Montgomery County prosecutors say.

"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic", he added. "It's criminal", the district attorney Kevin Steele said.

As if to show that he, too, was disappointed in Mr Cosby - and perhaps offer the jury the catharsis of a public shaming - Mr McMonagle pointed at his client and declared angrily, "You danced outside your marriage". Earlier in the evening, they requested to see the entire context of Cosby's testimony "where he calls the pills his friends".

Last week the prosecution spent days laying out the case against Cosby, calling 12 witnesses to the stand.

Philadelphia defense lawyer Alan Tauber says that's less likely in Cosby's case because his fame makes him an unlikely flight risk.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, tried to sow doubt about Constand's story, saying it had evolved during her interviews with police.

Jurors also once again heard a recorded phone call between Cosby and Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, during which Cosby can be heard asking if his alleged victim is still interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting before offering to pay for her to go to graduate school. 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.

Today, Cosby's loyal wife Camille sat in court for the first time to hear the closing arguments for and against her husband of 53 years.

Cosby was painted as a predator and callous manipulator by the prosecution, while the defence portrayed him as a lover and kindly mentor.

A few steps behind Cosby, who sat at the defense table reclining in his chair, the comic legend's wife, Camille, watched McMonagle's closing argument.

Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with her fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious. Cosby's lawyers haven't denied that the interaction in question occurred, but they say it was consensual.

Bill Cosby has declined to testify in his sexual assault trial.

Constand initially settled the case with a civil suit in 2006, having waited a year to report the alleged assault to the police. He also previously admitted to acquiring Quaaludes, powerful sedatives, to give to women he wanted to sleep with, but claimed the sex he had with Constand was consensual.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account.

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In the prosecution's closing argument, Steele said that Cosby's lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand's allegations.

The Cosby defense presentation was startlingly fast: one witness, a police detective, who was on the stand for a total of six minutes.

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

Cosby, star of the 1980s hit family sitcom "The Cosby Show" and once a popular figure in television commercials, faces charges that he assaulted Constand, now 44, at his home in 2004.

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified.