Jurors Hear Cosby's Story -- But Not From Him


Prosecutors from the Montgomery County district attorney's office read jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial excerpts of a more than a decade-old deposition in which he recounts that exchange.

Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty in the case, claiming he gave Constand some Benadryl and then initiated sexual contact that ended with Constand reaching orgasm. He then waved from the back of an SUV.

Constand alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home when she was an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. He has said it was consensual.

In a 2005 deposition, Cosby admitted obtaining seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, a disco-era party drug, from a Hollywood gynecologist in the '70s.

More than 60 women have come out and publicly accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the decades and are pursuing civil cases. There's still a chance Cosby could testify at the trial. Andrea Constand testified this week that Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy.

The deposition came as part of Constand's civil lawsuit, which was filed in 2005 soon after prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges at the time. For the jury at his sexual assault trial, this could be the closest it comes to hearing from Cosby himself, since he said recently that he did not intend to take the stand.

"I'm apologizing because I am thinking, 'This a dirty old man with a young girl, '" he said.

As Cosby walked from the courtroom, a woman yelled: "Bill Cosby, I love you!" "I became the p".

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"Do you think there would be a financial outcome to you if the public believed that you gave Andrea a drug that took away her ability to consent and then had sexual contact with her?"

Another detail revealed in the now-public deposition was that Cosby apologized to Constand's mother, though not, he says, for any kind of assault. Constand refused the offer and reported Cosby to police, filing suit after prosecutors failed to file charges.

Defense lawyers began grilling Ms. Constand on the stand late Tuesday about several discrepancies in her initial account to police in 2005.

Veronique Valliere, a psychologist and expert on victim response to sexual assault, testified for prosecutors that there are numerous reasons why sex assault victims delay reporting, including embarrassment or a fear of being judged. "The case goes on", under a Washington Post story about Cosby's trial on Facebook.

"Whatever the content of the article is, it is not relevant to this case", Judge Steven O'Neill told Cosby's lawyers, declining efforts to show the article in full to the jury.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. Although almost 60 women have levied allegations of sexual assault against him - all of which Cosby and his legal team have vehemently denied - it was the first time he faced a criminal charge.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. But Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt hinted Friday that his boss might be changing his mind. Doing so would carry enormous risk for Cosby, exposing him to cross-examination about some of the lurid things in his deposition. "We're over the telephone and I'm not sending anything over the mail and I'm not giving away anything", Cosby testified. She has yet to be seen in court.