Judge Rejects Cosby Team's Strategy on Accuser

Judge Rejects Cosby Team's Strategy on Accuser

Constand testified this week that Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her. Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, but prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

For five days Cosby has been accompanied to court by his supporters, including Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on The Cosby Show, actress Sheila Frazier, and comedian Joe Torry.

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?"

Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty in the case, claiming he gave Constand some Benadryl and then initiated sexual contact that ended with Constand reaching orgasm. He waved from the back of an SUV with its window half down.

Defense lawyers have been barred from discussing Constand's on-again, off-again relationship with a woman around the time she accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 2004 at his home in Cheltenham. He has said it was consensual.

Prosecutors evidently saved the quaalude testimony until the end for maximum effect.

But when he was asked if he ever gave them the drug without their knowledge, he replied, "no".

Mr Cosby is not expected to testify at the trial, so the deposition is one of the only opportunities the jury will have to hear about the incident in his voice. Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Jurors in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courtroom read excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave under oath more than a decade ago, as prosecutors sought to use the comedian's own words against him.

The criminal case was reopened when Cosby's deposition became public.

For the jury, this could be the closest it comes to hearing from Cosby himself because he has stated he will not take the stand.

According to the deposition, Constand's mother repeatedly asked Cosby over the phone about the pills he had given her daughter, but Cosby refused to tell her what they were and said he would send them in the mail, which he never did.

As Cosby walked from the courtroom, a woman yelled: "Bill Cosby, I love you!" "I'm listening to two people and I'm first thinking the mother is coming at me for being an old man, which is bad", Cosby added. Cosby and his lawyer wouldn't comment on that, and the defence has not disclosed its strategy or the witnesses it intends to call during its portion of the case. As for the money, that would come from "the family". — Cosby, from his deposition, talking about how he touched Constand after he'd given pills to her.

Prosecutors are trying to show Mr. Cosby's treatment of Ms. Constand fit a pattern of predatory behavior.

"If it's a well-known person, the victim takes on a lot of responsibility for that person's reputation, especially if that person is well-liked or beloved", Valliere testified. The judge rejected the request.

More than 50 women have said Cosby assaulted them, but the statute of limitations has run out in almost all cases.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Andrew Wyatt told reporters during a lunch break on Friday that Cosby's team was still evaluating whether to have him take the stand.