Jury begins deliberating sex charges against Bill Cosby

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

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

Bill Cosby has managed to get into the middle of Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell's divorce and custody drama. A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

Comedian Bill Cosby (R) departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Numerous jurors were expressionless during testimony, but a few were smiling and chuckling when they entered the courtroom on Monday afternoon to receive final instructions from Steven T. O'Neill, the presiding Montgomery County judge.

Jurors began deliberating at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Monday after a weeklong proceeding in Pennsylvania that saw prosecutors and defense lawyers paint starkly different portraits of the once-beloved comedian. "It's criminal", the district attorney Kevin Steele said. "Who says something like that when you're in that situation?"

Cosby's testimony in her civil case showed just how hard a witness he would have been to control. The former actor was joined last Monday by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".

McMonagle cast blame on the media for giving Cosby's accusers - who now number 60 - a forum. Hartwell filed a motion stating that Pulliam violated their custody agreement when she made a decision to appear in court with Cosby.

The defense rested their case Monday after calling but a single witness, a police officer, after which both sides delivered closing statements.

The married 79-year-old has long maintained the sex he had with Constand, now 44, was consensual, but she took the witness stand last week (ends09Jun17) and told the Montgomery County Courthouse Cosby had given her three blue pills, which he alleged were supplements, to help her "relax". Turning to Mr Cosby's wife of more than 50 years, Camille, making her first appearance at the trial and sitting in the front row, he added, "And you deserved better". She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating. 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.

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the prosecution case.

Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger - perhaps quaaludes. She spent almost seven hours on the stand over two days, as Cosby's attorneys attempted to undermine her credibility.

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The judge at one point addressed Cosby to ask him a few standard questions. In other cases, it was determined that the defense witness's testimony would have amounted to nothing more than hearsay.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle.

Cosby's primary accuser, Andrea Constand, received an unknown amount of money from a civil case she filed.

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McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he did not commit a crime.

"It's a relationship", he said, in a voice that sounded street-wise and tough.

Prosecutors are poised to give their closing argument Monday afternoon. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she worked as director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.

He also said he gave Ms Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

As they watched, Steele repeatedly asserted that, in a sense, Cosby had already confessed.

The jury asked to hear the context of Cosby's deposition testimony about the pills, and then resumed deliberations. He also previously admitted to acquiring Quaaludes, powerful sedatives, to give to women he wanted to sleep with, but claimed the sex he had with Constand was consensual.

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