The fate of Bill Cosby June 12, 2017 lay in the hands of a U.S. jury who deliberated over dinner and into the night on whether or not the disgraced entertainer sexually assaulted a woman at his home more than 13 years ago. Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017.
Jurors have begun their deliberations in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
In his closing statement, McMonagle told jurors that Constand had changed her story after speaking with attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault. "What's she going to say tomorrow?" he said.
Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story, though not in his voice.
She sat in the front row, across the aisle from Ms Constand, who did not react to Mr McMonagle's two-hour closing, but smiled at the end of it.
"One of the greatest storytellers in the world and I'm failing", Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.
Bill Cosby's defence lawyer says the comedian and the primary accuser at his sex assault trial were lovers who had a consensual sexual encounter. 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.
Cosby, best known for his role as the dad in the 1980s hit family TV comedy "The Cosby Show", was charged in late 2015 with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, just days before the statute of limitations on the alleged crime was to run out.
Camille Cosby - the entertainer's wife of more than 50 years - drew stares because she was in the courthouse after a week of conspicuous absence. She testified the pills left her semi-conscious and unable to tell Cosby to stop. "He gave her no choice in this matter".
As he hammered at Constand's credibility, McMonagle zeroed in on Constand's initial report to police that the incident may have occurred March 16, 2004, comparing it against her later statements that the alleged sexual assault occurred months earlier. The jury includes two black members.
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Cosby arrived at court arm-in-arm with his wife, Camille, on Monday, marking her first appearance at the trial.
Prosecutor Kevin Steele and defense attorney Brian McMonagle each sent the jurors off to deliberations with rhetorical dilemmas to resolve.
Prosecutors suggest Cosby gave her something stronger.
The arguments came after the defense on Monday called just a single witness at the start of the second week of the trial.
In his excited and animated closing, McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was "nonsense" driven by lawyers and media attention.
Constand - who at the time of the assault was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees - testified last week that the assault left her humiliated by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor. Constand also attended the closing arguments, and showed little reaction.
Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man".
The defence case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then. O'Neill asked Cosby if he discussed the issue with his attorneys and if he understood there is no obligation to testify, as the burden to prove the charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault case lies exclusively with the prosecutors.
Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of that lawsuit, eventually settling with her for an undisclosed sum.
Cosby's legal team, led by McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, never confirmed that he would testify, and legal experts say it's usually not a wise move because it opens up a defendant to potentially damaging cross-examination.