What happened in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial
Jun 13 2017
A deposition from that civil suit reveals that Cosby saw his encounter with Constand as consensual and was more concerned about coming across as "a dirty old man" interested in a younger woman than as a predator and rapist. Describing his internal monologue as the elder Constant called him, Cosby said he thought "My God, I'm in trouble", reports BuzzFeed News. "We're weighing every option", Wyatt said. There's still a chance Cosby could testify at the trial. Since Cosby may or may not testify while his attorneys present their case, the deposition and police interviews could be the only times that his own words will be heard during the trial.
"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.
Dozens of women have levelled similar accusations against the 79-year-old star of the 1980s television comedy The Cosby Show.
Wyatt, who is staying at Cosby's Pennsylvania home where Constand says she was assaulted in 2004, said Cosby recognizes the gravity of his situation but has remained confident and in good spirits.
Constand arrived to the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, and the deposition remained sealed until 2015, prior to Cosby being charged.
"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?" "Tell your mother about the orgasm", he said, later claiming he told Constand's mother that they didn't have intercourse, but he simply penetrated her daughter with his finger. He read the depositions, in which Cosby admitted to using Quaaludes - a sedative that can induce sleep - to have sex with women.
During the deposition, Mr Cosby told lawyers he knew his finances could suffer if the public was told he had drugged and assaulted someone. The drug was created as a sleep aid, said Timothy Rohrig, and is still available with a prescription in some countries.
Constand has said Cosby gave her pills he suggested were herbal, leaving her barely conscious and unable to resist his advances.
Constand, 44, testified earlier in the week.
Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden point out that the defense had questioned Constand's behavior, spending nearly an hour grilling her about phone calls to Cosby in the weeks after the alleged assault.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
"Very often victims don't label what they go through as an assault", said Valliere. A lawyer on the Bill Cosby defense team appeared to be outraged in the Philadelphia courtroom after hearing the expert testimony of Dr. Veronique Valliere, and immediately demanded that the judge declare a mistrial because of it.
"I found that to be odd", he said.
A handful of protesters have at times stood outside the courthouse, yelling "guilty" as Cosby walked by.
"Did you disclose to the District Attorney's office that you have a bias in this case?"
O'Neill did, however, strike Feden's final question to the psychologist - posed to Valliere as a hypothetical situation in which a college employee is assaulted by a member of the institution's board of trustees.
His deposition also showed he anxious that his career could take a financial hit if Constand's allegations became public.