Bill Cosby's Trial Begins: His Legacy, Freedom Are At Stake

Ruben Ruiz
June 6, 2017

She said they acted out a scene in a script in which a tipsy woman embraces and kisses a man.

The 79-year-old, for decades feted by millions as "America's Dad", is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee at his Philadelphia mansion 13 years ago.

In a deposition stemming from Constand's civil lawsuit that she filed against Cosby, the funnyman said he gave her "Benadryl" that evening - and also admitted to plying other women with the powerful sedative called Quaaludes before having sex with them in the 1970s.

Cosby said he does not plan to testify. "I don't know if I was actually speaking".

Nearly 60 other women have come forward to accuse Cosby of assault but most of the alleged incidents happened too long ago to be prosecuted in a criminal court.

More than losing what he has left of his legacy, Cosby, who turns 80 in July, faces serious prison time if convicted - 10 years each for the three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault.

About a year later, Constand told her mother about the assault, and her mother spoke with Cosby, who acknowledged fondling Constand's breasts, penetrating her vagina and putting her hand on his penis, the complaint says.

"She couldn't say no", Feden said.

A women standing in her front yard not far from where his house stood explains how she once saw Mr Cosby perform at her high school, but demurs when asked about her feelings on him now. And phone records, McMonagle said, show that Constand called Cosby 53 times after the alleged incident.

Johnson testified that Cosby would often call her "in a fatherly, favorite uncle, Dr. Huxtable type of way".

Constand, who did not report the alleged assault for almost a year, said she had not maintained contact with Cosby after the incident.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is helped through the metal detector as he arrives for the first day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2017. That's the only thing he's on trial for, but dozens upon dozens of women have similar stories that Cosby drugged them and then took advantage of them while they were unconscious and/or defenseless.

Johnson was the only other Cosby accuser besides Constand who Judge Steven O'Neill has permitted to take the stand.

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"This man used his power and his fame and his previously practised method of placing a young, trusting woman in an incapacitated state so he could sexually pleasure himself".

With the streets outside the courthouse lined with television trucks, Cosby arrived arm-in-arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his television daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show". But ultimately, that's just how I've lived my life-in terms of being very genuine and authentic to who I am. After that, several women began to come forward with allegations of sexual assault, some going back almost 30 years.

Jurors heard Johnson tell her story from the stand.

Constand will appear as the prosecution's key witness during the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

"Celebrities, as a whole, we celebrate them".

Before the ex-assistant and self-described former "floater" at Cosby's now-former agency was sworn in as a witness, the defense objecting to her testifying first.

Allred represents several of Cosby's accusers, including the one who will testify for the prosecution - a woman who worked for the comedian's agent at the William Morris agency.

In opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden told jurors the case doesn't revolve around consent.

"Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there".

Meanwhile, in his opening remarks, Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle said that "sexual assault is a bad crime" but that "a false accusation of sexual assault is also a awful crime". "Right now, it's the jury's decision, and it's the jury's job to decide guilt and innocence".

Then a deposition unsealed in 2015 revealed an unsavory private life marked by a long history of sexual liaisons with young women. This is the only one to result in criminal charges against the comic. "I felt extremely intimidated", she said, claiming she failed to pretend to take the pill.

In 2006, the comedian settled with Ms Constand after providing an undisclosed cash sum to her. Cosby's daughter, Ensa, said before jury selection began that her father is a victim of a "public lynching".

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