Cosby's lawyer says Bill and the woman accusing him had secret affairs

Cosby's lawyer says Bill and the woman accusing him had secret affairs

Cosby's lawyer says Bill and the woman accusing him had secret affairs

If convicted, Cosby would also be required to register as a sex offender.

Cosby, 79 and almost blind, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his encounter with Constand; if convicted Cosby faces years in prison.

The jury began deliberations late on Monday, and the sessions have stretched past 9pm on that day and Tuesday, for a total of 18 hours.

Steven T. O'Neill, the Montgomery County judge overseeing the case, has pushed the jury hard, bringing them to the courthouse before 9 am, and keeping them working well past dark on the first two nights of deliberation. Some 60 women have come forward accusing Mr. Cosby of sexually violating them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case. They are still ongoing at this time.

Jurors Wednesday asked for testimony about a Cheltenham detective's interview with Cosby in early 2005.

His primary complaint? O'Neill's decision Monday to bar the defense from calling what would have been one of its only witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a Temple University academic adviser who said Constand once described how she could frame "a high-profile" person on accusations that he had sexually assaulted her. He is now the defendant in a sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse located in Norristown, a city not far from Philadelphia.

Cosby is being charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

Andrea, who is now 44 years of age, gave her testimony last week saying that she was drugged by Bill and, then, penetrated by him using his fingers against her will.

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"Don't let her declare victim", defense lawyer Brian McMonagle implored the jury.

More than 50 women have come forward with decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years, but Cosby's representatives have always maintained his innocence. By noon, they had not emerged with any new questions, and had placed a lunch order with court staff. During his interview with Ms. Constand, Sargent Schaffer acknowledged that she was "anxious", a word Cosby had previously used to describe her before given her the pills.

"I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it", she said.

"She said she hadn't". He says they were lovers and their encounter was consensual.

Accuser Constand and her mother sat in the gallery as the interview was read.

They also wanted to hear Cosby's wording when he referred to the three pills as "friends", as well as Constand's initial statements to authorities in Canada.

Cosby claimed in a deposition, taken in 2005 and 2006 for a civil lawsuit that was later settled, that he gave Benadryl to Constand to help her relax and enjoy a consensual sexual encounter.

"Yes, he has been unfaithful but if she is willing to forgive him, that's between him and his wife". The actor and comedian has been supported during the case from some of his costars from "The Cosby Show", including Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played youngest daughter Rudy Huxtable on the hit sitcom that aired from 1984-1992. "I'll be disappointed. However, it won't change the love, because when you have family, people falter, people make mistakes, things happen, but in no way is that condoning sexual assault".

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