Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Bill Cosby's defense gives closing argument

Bill Cosby's defense gives closing argument

Bill Cosby looked on pensively. A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator. After the defense shocked the court by resting its case after only one witness, the prosecution made closing arguments focused on Cosby's statements to investigators more than 10 years ago.

He told Judge Steven O'Neill that he had decided not to testify after speaking with his lawyers.

The jury, which starts a fifth hour of deliberations Tuesday, went straight to the heart of the case with its first question Monday night: Can we hear again what Cosby said he told accuser Andrea Constand when he gave her pills before engaging in sexual contact? In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter. Cosby also declined to tell her what pills he had given Andrea Constand, but he did say they were from a prescription bottle, she testified.

"Who says something like that?"

According to Constand, she was drugged by Cosby and subsequently sexually assaulted at his Pennsylvania home.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray her as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money.

The prosecutor, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, drew from Cosby's own words in a 2005 deposition in a civil case filed by Constand as well as the testimony of Kelly Johnson, who alleged that Cosby had drugged and molested her in a similar way back in 1990.

Cosby admitted in a sworn statement that Constand neither objected nor gave permission for the sexual activity that even he admitted occurred that night. She testified he offered her three blue pills that he said were herbal and would help her relax.

- Bill Cosby has shown up with his wife, Camille, for the first time. Constand sat in the front row of the gallery next to her mother, Gianna Constand, showing little expression.

Mr Cosby denies the charge and his lawyer has said she agreed to sex. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys. Camille Cosby isn't in the courtroom for that. McMonagle called the detective merely to attest to the existence of a police report about Constand's interviews with law enforcement investigators and to briefly discuss questions the policeman asked the alleged victim about several hours she spent with Cosby at a CT casino. Steele reminded jurors that a psychologist had testified that victims of sexual trauma often have trouble recalling every detail. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger — perhaps quaaludes.

The judge at one point addressed Cosby to ask him a few standard questions.

Cosby's spokesman, Wyatt, said Jackson's statement would "let the world know" that Constand had perjured herself.

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

The closing arguments came about quickly Monday after the defense began and closed its case in one morning.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle. As Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY reports, jury deliberations follow more than a week of testimony over whether Cosby is guilty of sexually assaulting a former basketball coach in 2004.

ALLYN: Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, gave a grandstanding closing argument. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn. And he said Andrea Constand made inconsistent statements to police.

"All of the fancy lawyering ...can't get you around (Cosby's) own words", the prosecutor said.

"Who says that?" asked Steele, who proceeded to critique the comedian's attempts to pay off Constand after he got anxious that she may go public. A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths".

"What are we doing here?" he said repeatedly.

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal.

Detective Richard Schaffer told the jury that Constand had paid Cosby a visit at an out-of-state casino on the night of the alleged assault. "You treated her well".

"She's on the phone with lawyers before she told her mom anything", he said, his voice rising regularly in agitation.

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