7 Critical Facts & Details About Bill Cosby's Trial On Sexual Assault Charges

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7 Of The Most Damning Revelations From The Bill Cosby Trial Revealed
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The defense rested after only SIX minutes and without calling him to testify!

Bill Cosby may soon see himself in jail after his latest court hearing.

 

Just one week into the 79-year-old star's criminal trial for the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand, jurors will soon make a decision about his fate.

Although the comedian and TV star has continued to deny the allegations against him and has pleaded not guilty, the outlook for Cosby is looking decidedly unpromising.

And if found guilty, he faces a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

 

An article in Vulture states, however, that fortunately for Cosby, he does appear to have the support of his wife, Camille Cosby.

Today, Camille finally made her first appearance alongside her husband in the Montgomery County Courthouse since his sexual assault trial began last week. They arrived arm in arm, smiling and seemingly unfazed by the attention of reporters and photographers representing a large number of media outlets.

And then, to everyone's shock, Cosby's attorney's rested their case the same day opening arguments started after 6 minutes.

Here are 7 of the most shocking revelations about the surprisingly brief Bill Cosby trial.

1. Bill Cosby was never called to the stand to testify.

Instead, the text of his deposition from 2006 was read aloud to the jury.

According to ABC News, Cosby stated in his deposition that he and Constand had a consensual sexual encounter and that beforehand, he gave her Benadryl.

“I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session," he said.

He also acknowledged that he'd given prescription-strength Quaaludes — a synthetic, central nervous system depressant regularly used as a sedative from the late 1960s through the 1980s — to other women with whom he'd wanted to have sex, about which he offered this explanation: “What was happening at that time was that at that time Quaaludes happened to be the drugs kids, young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.”

 

2. Andrea Constand, on the other hand, testified about her alleged sexual assault over the course of two days.

Constand and her mother, Gianna Constand, testified that Bill Cosby actually apologized to them after the night of the alleged assault.

“He told me stories about his personal life. He even told he was a sick man," Gianna Constand said, referring to Cosby.

Andrea explained to the court that when she asked Cosby if the pills he was offering her were herbal, he said, "Yes, put them down" — and just 30 minutes later she speech became slurred and she found herself unable to stand, at which point, she claims Cosby began to make sexual advances towards her.

 

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3. Cosby reportedly agreed not to take the stand before the trial even began and his defense team only called one witness.

Judge Steven O’Neill asked Cosby if he agreed with his defense team’s decision to not call any additional witnesses, which meant also agreeing that he himself would not be called to tell his side of the story in his own defense, to which Cosby simply answered, "Correct."

Whereas the prosecution called a total of 12 witnesses to the stand over the course of the prior six days, Cosby's defense team called only one witness, Detective Richard Schaffer.

As stated in Vulture, Detective Schaffer "took the stand for less than five minutes to answer questions about Andrea Constand ... namely details she first provided investigators about the night she says the former TV dad drugged and sexually assaulted her. The defense honed in on inconsistencies between the initial police reports and Constand’s testimony last week, namely that she misstated the date of the alleged assault in Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia home."

 

4. The defense team tried to use Constand's sexuality as retaliation.  

The defense claimed Constand was a lesbian who misled Cosby into the sexual encounter. The move which has been seen as controversial was shut down by prosecutors who called it “victim shaming.” Constand’s former civil attorney, Dolores Troiani came to her defense and stated to the media last she was "shocked by the callous attempt to bring up her client’s sexual orientation to discredit her."

 

5. Kelly Johnson, another of Cosby's alleged victims, also took the stand to tell her story.

Johnson explained to the jury that Cosby gave her a pill — and the next thing she remembered was waking up with him in bed.

"He said, ‘Trust me. Would I ever give you anything to hurt you? '" she stated in court.

Johnson said that initially, she was too embarrassed to report the assault to the police due to Cosby's fame. "I was very afraid," she said, "because I have a secret about the greatest celebrity in the world at that time, and it was just … my word against his."

 

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6. Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle stated although Cosby has "flaws," he simply isn't guilty of any of the allegations against him.

“This ain’t right!” was McMonagle's war cry during his closing arguments (and at one point the attorney reportedly even apologized for his “Irish-Italian” temper).

McMonagle claimed that Constand has been telling “a stone-cold lie," alleging that she and Cosby had a pre-existing relationship and that therefore she could not be considered a victim.

Finally, he argued that Cosby is only being tried in a criminal court because of the “drumbeat” of allegations brought by fame-hungry women eager to appear on television and at news conferences.

 

7. Cosby's entire case now hinges on the assertion made by the defense that there are too many inconsistencies in Constand's story.

During defense's cross-examination of Constand, she explained that the sexual assault actually took place in January of 2004, rather than two months later as she had previously stated.

Defense attorney Angela Agrusa asked Constand, "Once you got hold of your phone records and realized you cannot have been passed out … the night you told police — you changed your story?,” to which Constand replied that she "never got hold of [her] phone records" before speaking to police. 

District Attorney Kevin Steele later came to Constand's defense, saying that her inconsistencies are minor and arguing that Cosby used his role as a mentor and respected public figure to gain Constand's trust, then drugged her and took advantage of her.

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