Jurors in Cosby's sex-assault trial start deliberations


Bill Cosby has managed to get into the middle of Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell's divorce and custody drama. A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

McMonagle also questioned why Constand would continue spending time privately with Cosby even after he made sexual advances that she said she rebuffed.

Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it.

Andrea Constand leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele and defense attorney Brian McMonagle each sent the jurors off to deliberations with rhetorical dilemmas to resolve.

"Who says something like that?"

Andrea Constand is one of 59 women who have accused Cosby of rape, attempted assault, sexual harassment or sexual assault.

As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case.

The star - flanked by his wife of 53 years Camille - watched on as just one witness, a police detective, was called to support his innocence.

In addition, Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that they had little contact after. Authorities had declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005.

The 79-year-old disgraced comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault and is being accused of sexually assaulting Constand at his Elkins Park home in January 2004.

After the prosecution took five days to outline its side, the defense case consisted of just one witness, a detective, and six minutes of testimony earlier in the day. 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.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case showed just how hard a witness he would have been to control.

This comes Monday morning, as both the second week and the defense's turn of Cosby's sex assault trial start begin. Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance. Cosby did not take the stand, ending days of suspense over whether the jury would hear directly from him.

The extramarital affair was an example of a flaw in Cosby's character, and not criminal behavior, McMonagle said.

The lawyer wound down by saying that while Cosby was "not perfect" what was happening was an injustice.

"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", McMonagle said.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. When Cosby was questioned about the night of the alleged assault, he told police that he did not have sexual intercourse with Constand, either "awake or asleep". The comedian also has denied similar allegations from more than 60 women.

The Pittsburgh-area jury has been away from home for more than a week and was in the courthouse for about 14 hours Monday through a brief defence case and closing arguments.

As they watched, Steele repeatedly asserted that, in a sense, Cosby had already confessed.

Jurors asked that the judge read them back more than a dozen portions of the testimony, in which Cosby spoke about giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

"He knew exactly what was going to happen and that was part of the plan", said Steele. Let's be real. Let's look each other in the eye and talk about why we're here.

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal. She says they left her semi-conscious. "This is about evaluating the facts", Steele said.

"She's (passed) out and you're doing stuff to her?"