COSBY TRIAL: Prosecutors rest case against Bill Cosby


Bill Cosby may take the stand in his trial for sexual assault, his spokesman has said - despite the comedian insisting before the case began that he would not speak to defend himself.

More of the deposition Cosby gave in the 2005 lawsuit filed by accuser Andrea Constand was read today in Cosby's criminal trial on allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted Constand in 2004.

At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was on the Board of Trustees.

"We have expectations that are misguided about how people react to sexual assault [by a non-stranger]" she said. "This is a serious trial and we have to come up with our own countermoves and plan as well". Could today's expert witness actually end up hijacking the defense's claim that the sex acts were consensual?

"When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, etcetera, etcetera, more than two sides to every story, sometimes it's four or five", Cosby explained.

Mr. Cosby, sitting across the courtroom, shook his head as Ms. Constand described an encounter at his Philadelphia area home in 2004, after she accepted three blue pills that he promised would help her "relax". He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. His testimony was sealed for years until portions were released by a judge in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press.

According to the deposition read in court, in the late 1970s, Cosby told his doctor he needed the drugs for his back, but he gave them to women instead. He said the suggested dosage of diphenhydramine for adults is one 25-milligram tablet. During his trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse outside of Philadelphia today, the prosecution delved deeper into the sworn statements the comedian gave in 2005 and 2006.

The Friday afternoon session also focused on the section of Cosby's September 2005 deposition in Constand's civil case in which the actor revealed giving Quaaludes to women he had sex with. At the time of the incident, Constand was 31, Cosby 66.

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Mr Cosby is not expected to testify at the trial, so the deposition is one of the only opportunities the jury will have to hear about the incident in his voice.

Defense attorneys argued her testimony went too far. Constand did not go to police until a year after the alleged assault.

Valliere said victims often delay reporting or do not report at all when their abuser is someone they trust for fear of upsetting family dynamics or because they are dependent on their abuser - the same reason they often maintain contact with that person. Later, she added that he also said, "Oh I feel bad telling you this, it sounds perverted, do I sound like a perverted person?"

Dr. Veronique Valliere, president of Valliere Counseling & Associates, Allentown, Pennsylvania, also testified Friday as an expert witness in sexual assault, survivor response to sexual assault and survivor and offender dynamics.

A detective said Thursday the investigation was reopened just seven days after the deposition excerpts were unsealed.

According to USA Today, prosecutors asked Valliere - who has treated both victims and assailants - a series of hypothetical questions about a victim whose attacker is well-liked and respected in the workplace. Alternative to a mistrial declaration, McMonagle asked that the judge to strike the testimony or issue a cautionary instruction to the jury.

"Did you disclose to the District Attorney's office that you have a bias in this case?"

His lawyers sought earlier this week to introduce evidence that Constand is gay.