Prosecutors rest their case at Bill Cosby's trial

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Constand testified earlier this week that the pills, which prosecutors have suggested might not have been Benadryl, left her incapacitated at his Philadelphia-area home before Cosby sexually assaulted her.

Constand, then an administrator with Temple University's women's basketball team, was 30 at the time of the alleged crime in 2004.

The district attorney in Montgomery County, where Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, revealed pieces of the 2005 civil deposition in which Cosby was asked why he concealed the pills' identity in a later phone conversation with Constand and her mother, Gianna. It's unclear whether Cosby's compromised vision allows him to see either the audience or the jury, but his movements were noticeable, even more so than this morning when a detective read portions of a statement that seemed to have made him uncomfortable.

The deposition came as part of Constand's civil lawsuit, which was filed in 2005 soon after prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges at the time. In them, Cosby admitted he was genuinely concerned that he was not only being recorded by his accuser's family, but that the public would find out he had sex with Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the accusations. He also said he never took the drugs himself. Would jurors reconsider why Constand may have repeatedly called Cosby after the assault?

"I'm apologizing because I'm thinking, 'This is a dirty old man with a young girl.' I said to the mother it was digital penetration". This section focused on Cosby's description of the phone calls between him and Andrea Constand's mother, Gianna. Pacing the floor, the lawyer showed the courtroom a Facebook post from Valliere's company linking to a Washington Post article about the Cosby case during the pretrial period.

Cosby said simply of the alleged assault, "I am not stopped....she did not stop me".

Cosby said in a recent interview that he won't testify.

Ms. Constand said she told Mr. Cosby she trusted him and swallowed the pills.

"Yes", he answered, though he denied ever doing so without their knowledge and said the sexual encounters were consensual.

Having lost a bid earlier in the day for a mistrial in the case in part because of Valliere's testimony, McMonagle then tried to catch the forensic psychologist as misrepresenting herself to the D.A.'s office as having not read up on the case.

It's giving jurors a look at his view of the January 2004 encounter where Andrea Constand says he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

She said he gave her three blue pills to help with stress, assured her they were "herbal" and then groped her breasts, put his hand in her trousers and forced her to masturbate him while she lay incapacitated on a couch inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion.

After the incident, Ms. Constand acknowledged under questioning from both sides that she maintained contact with Mr. Cosby but said she felt obligated to do so because of her job.

McMonagle emphasised that Cosby was deposed only after local prosecutors opted against criminally charging him, and that the criminal investigation was tabled for a decade.

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