Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Will Cosby testify at sex assault trial? Lawyers remain mum


(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017.

Bill Cosby gestures as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017.

Now, nearly half a century later, the 87-year-old Govan is sitting dutifully in the Montgomery County courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania, as Cosby, 79, goes on trial for sexual assault.

Constand and another accuser, Kelly Johnson, told jurors last week in sometimes emotional testimony that Cosby gave them pills he said would help them "relax".

The defense is scheduled to begin presenting its case on Monday in suburban Philadelphia.

Prosecutors in their response, say Cosby's age old tactic of victim shaming is clear, adding defendants maneuvering flies in face of Penna's rape shield law.

"He could be a fantastic witness".

The woman says that she was given pills by Cosby and later woke up with her clothes askew.

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Pennsylvania prosecutors completed their case against Cosby after five days of testimony aimed at portraying the comedian as a serial predator.

Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her, which he denies. Both women said the medicine left them incapacitated, allowing him to assault them sexually. Johnson had corroborating evidence in the form of her 1996 workers' compensation claim against the talent agency.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Entertainer Bill Cosby didn't answer when asked the question so many want to know, but his spokesman dangled the possibility.

Cosby's lawyers have pointed to dozens of phone calls that Constand made to Cosby after the incident, as well as prior instances in which they had private encounters at his home or at a casino hotel, suggesting Constand was pursuing a romantic relationship. Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would be to control.

QUOTE: "When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" Constand alleges that the pills instead paralyzed her and made her unable to move or communicate, after which time Cosby began to fondle and digitally penetrate her. Constand alleges that she then fell asleep, waking up hours later with her clothes scattered across the room and little recollection of what happened. And he might give off hints of arrogance.

Testifying under oath in 2005, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to others, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink, '" according to the deposition read to the jury. The two became friends and Constand testified that Cosby became a mentor figure to her. Cosby and his lawyer wouldn't comment on that, and the defense has not disclosed its strategy or the witnesses it intends to call during its portion of the case.

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