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Jurors in Cosby's sex-assault trial start deliberations

19 June 2017, 02:03 | Rufus Hill

Jurors in Cosby's sex-assault trial start deliberations

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby right at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. on Monday

Bill Cosby's sexual assault case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender.

More than 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging or sexually asaulting them, but their testimonies were not allowed to be heard in this case.

The lawyer grew especially excited when he displayed a statement from Constand that the night of the alleged assault, she called Cosby from the street to tell him she was at his home and ask to be let into the driveway. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.

"All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words", Steele said. McMonagle, looking to raise doubts about her motives, reminded jurors that she contacted a lawyer who specializes in sexual assault lawsuits around the time she reported the alleged assault to police.

"This is not sympathy for the victim".

Before asking to go back to their hotel, jurors asked to see a portion of Cosby's decade-old evidence from a civil action filed against him by Ms Constand. He admitted to giving her pills without telling her what they were, and he also admitted to penetrating her genitalia with his fingers, Steele noted. "What are you going to say?"

"You know from his own mouth that he has a romantic interest in her from the first that he saw her", Steele said. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals. "Why? Because of what he wanted". Mr Steele said Mr Cosby, a Temple University trustee and the university's most famous alumnus, set his sights on Ms Constand, an employee in the university's athletic department who was 36 years younger than him.

Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify.

"You're there by yourself".

She woke up on the couch with her clothes disheveled, she said.

Pointing to his client's openness with police and Constand's changing statements, lead defense attorney Brian McMonagle sought Cosby's full acquittal in his almost two-hour closing argument.

"That's a lie", McMonagle told jurors.

Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse.

Cosby "taught us how to smile...and how to love each other, no matter what we look like", McMonagle said.

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

Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors Constand's story evolved and details changed over three interviews she gave to police after coming forward about a year after she says he assaulted her. "I said 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed the pills down". "We're talking about all of a man's tomorrows".

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

"Paralyzed by Benadryl? Paralyzed by Benadryl?"

Jurors got the case late Monday afternoon.

Cosby did not take the stand, and the defense rested after just one witness. Those witnesses included a woman who previously accused Cosby of assault, police detectives, and experts on drugs and sexual assault. He walked to his defense table carrying a cane, and after taking his seat, he began chatting with members of his legal team.

As they watched, Steele repeatedly asserted that, in a sense, Cosby had already confessed. The allegation by Constand, a former athletic administrator at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is the only one not too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution. "I have three friends for you to make you relax".

After the prosecution took five days to outline its side, the defense case consisted of just one witness, a Cheltenham detective, and six minutes of testimony Monday. He says their sexual encounter was consensual. Constand's is the only accusation of dozens to reach a criminal court.

Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, was in court for the first time in the trial. Last week, neither she nor their four daughters appeared.

Cosby's spokesman suggested last week that the comic might take the stand. Constand sat in the front row of the gallery next to her mother, Gianna Constand, showing little expression.

McMonagle maintained that the incident was one of three consensual sexual encounters between Cosby and Constand. Cosby, who did not testify, has denied all allegations.

In his 2005 deposition, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.

The defence opens it case Monday.

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