Prosecution rests their case in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Thursday

Prosecution rests their case in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have seen the entertainer's own sworn statements that he gave young women sedatives before engaging in sexual activity with them.

Cosby raised his walking stick in acknowledgment.

Their testimonies have been some of the most powerful heard so far, as they both explained in great detail the changes to their daughters after they were allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby and how, of course, they knew when something frightful had happened to their daughters. He then waved from the back of an SUV. He has said it was consensual.

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. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger, perhaps quaaludes.

Prosecutors evidently saved the quaalude testimony until the end for maximum effect.

According to WHYY reporter Laura Benshoff, who spoke with NPR's All Things Considered, Constand described meeting Cosby at a Temple basketball game, where he inquired about some facilities in the women's locker room.

Constand, 44, testified over two days that after taking the blue pills she began slurring her words and became "frozen" or paralyzed and was unable to fight off Cosby's sexual advances.

The comedian gave the deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by Constand and later settled for an undisclosed sum. But the unsealing of that deposition by a federal judge in 2015 spurred Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele to reopen the investigation that year.

For the jury, this could be the closest it comes to hearing from Cosby himself because he has stated he will not take the stand.

"I'm apologizing because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man and a young girl", Cosby said, according to testimony Friday about a phone call he'd had with Constand's mom, Gianna.

"I apologized to this woman", he said in the deposition, read aloud in court by the detective.

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Cosby also anxious about the repercussions from public disclosure.

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The lengthy deposition transcript, which prosecutors displayed on large courtroom screens, offers a granular look at how Cosby deals with crises. This section focused on Cosby's description of the phone calls between him and Andrea Constand's mother, Gianna.

Prosecutors also put on the stand a psychologist who testified that victims of celebrities are often afraid to come forward because of the possible backlash.

Cosby accuser Andrea Constand waited a year to go to police.

"If it's a well-known person, the victim takes on a lot of responsibility for that person's reputation, especially if that person is well-liked or beloved", Valliere testified.

Cosby's lawyers asked for a mistrial, complaining that Valliere was offering observations about Cosby even though she was only allowed to testify generally about victim behaviour. Presiding Judge Steven T. O'Neill predicted that jurors will start deliberating early next week.

"Most (assaults) are never reported to authorities, so they're delayed forever", she said. But Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt hinted Friday that his boss might be changing his mind.

Benshoff says Constand testified that on a previous occasion, Cosby tried to unzip her trousers, but she rejected the advance and said, "I'm not here for that".

Cosby was accompanied Friday by comedian Joe Torry, who a day earlier joined fellow actor and comedian Lewis Dix in support of the 79-year-old actor.

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