Bill Cosby Trial, Day 4 - Prosecution Uses Cosby's Own Words Against Him

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2017

Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have heard from a police interview in which the entertainer admits fondling a woman's breasts and genitals after giving her pills at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby testified in 2005 as part of a lawsuit brought against him by Constand, who testified this week that she rejected Cosby's advances and would havve fought him off again had the pills not left her paralyzed and semi-conscious. "And then I stopped, and I went up to bed". "And I think the overriding thing was that she seemed like she wanted to get her whole story out". The jurors, judge, media and onlookers heard Cosby offer in 2005 to "set up something" like paying for graduate school for Andrea Constand after the ex-Director of Operations for Temple's women's basketball staffer told her family what she says Cosby did to her a year earlier.

Sgt. Richard Schaffer testified at Cosby's trial Thursday that he and other detectives met to discuss the investigation.

Schaffer's testimony could blunt efforts by Cosby's lawyers to exploit the fact that Castor saw no case.

Prosecutors are expected to show jurors an earlier deposition in which Cosby said that he routinely gave women pills and alcohol before sexual encounters and gave at least one of them quaaludes, a now-banned sedative.

Steele and co-prosecutors M. Stewart Ryan and Kristen Feden also revealed what Cosby told detectives during an interview on January 26, 2005.

The Pittsburgh-based jury assembled to decide Bill Cosby's fate in a sexual assault case based in Montgomery County received a surprise from presiding judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday.

He kept his word, as the day's events wrapped up just after 8 p.m. - before puck drop at almost 8:30 - which gave the sequestered group time to get back to their hotel in the Philadelphia-area and settle in before the Penguins scored thrice in the first 20 minutes to take a 3-0 lead in a series even at two before play began.

The prosecution counter-move was expected on the trial's fourth day, after Cosby's defense tried to cast doubt on the 79-year-old comedian's accusers by pointing out inconsistencies in their accounts over the years. "I feel that Andrea has a glow about her sexual moment", Cosby testified.

The mother of the main accuser in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told the jury on Wednesday that the disgraced U.S. megastar admitted in a telephone conversation 12 years ago that "he was a sick man".

In his testimony, he said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

The prosecution expects to wrap its portion of the trial on Friday.

Cosby's statement in the deposition, from Costand's civil case against him, was consistent with statements he made to police in January 2005.

Cosby's team did not respond to request for comment on his potential testimony.

Constand also initially told detectives she had no phone contact with Cosby after the alleged incident.

In his statement to Cheltenham police and Montgomery County detectives, Cosby denied ever having sexual intercourse with Constand. — Constand, explaining her initial confusion over when the encounter with Cosby occurred.

Kelly Johnson and Andrea Constand have told jurors hearing the case in Norristown, Pennsylvania, that Cosby drugged and violated them. The records show numerous calls to Cosby. In an interview with police investigators, also read in court today, Cosby said that he had hoped the orgasm "might help her a bit" due to all the stress.

"But my apology was, my God, I'm in trouble with these people because this is an old man and their young daughter and the mother sees this", he said. He said he felt he was a mentor to her, and that their relationship began friendly and after her second visit to his home had turned romantic. On Wednesday, a taped phone conversation between Constand's mother and Cosby was played for the courtroom.

Cosby said he called the pills "friends" because he thought it might "take some of the tension away", Reape said, reading from the document.

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