Bill Cosby, TV’s favorite dad, goes on trial

Cosby was all smiles as he walked out of court Friday, raising his wooden cane to salute well-wishers.Legal documents are wheeled into the courtroom for the fifth day of Cosby’s sexual assault trial. He then waved from the back of an SUV.Cosby, 79, is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, 44, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. He has said it was consensual.Constand testified she continued to maintain contact in her role as an administrator in Temple’s athletics department, given Cosby’s status as a university trustee.Prosecutors evidently saved the quaalude testimony for maximum effect.Constand, who testified for seven hours earlier in the week, tells a very different story, saying she “wasn’t able to” refuse his advances after taking three blue pills given to her by the comedian. If convicted, Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.Prosecutors reopened the case after his deposition was unsealed in 2015 and arrested Cosby just before the 12-year deadline to file charges.In his testimony, Cosby said he apologized to Constand’s mother over the telephone for the sexual encounter with her daughter because he was afraid she thought of him as “a dirty old man”.”What am I hoping to get [by speaking to the Constand women by phone] if I’m guilty of drugging somebody?” he said in the deposition.One moment in that decade-old testimony elicited a chuckle from jurors and a rare courtroom smile from the defendant – a question and answer about the now-deceased doctor who wrote the Quaaludes prescription, knowing full well Cosby didn’t intend to take the pills himself.”Because when I said to her mother let’s cut, let’s talk about, her frequency raised”.Montgomery County police officer James Reape read the deposition, in which Cosby described apologizing to Constand’s mother on the phone in 2006. She testified that victims of celebrities are often frightened to come forward because of the backlash.The defense attorney, on the other hand, asked jurors to “be the juror you would be if this was your own grandfather”, Allyn reports, and pointed to apparent inconsistencies in Constand’s statements to suggest that she couldn’t be trusted.”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”, Veronique Valliere testified.Cosby’s lawyers asked for a mistrial, complaining that Valliere was offering observations about Cosby even though she was only allowed to testify generally about victim behaviour. Judge Steven O’Neill has told jurors he expects the trial to wrap up within days.In a barrage that all but destroyed Cosby’s good-guy reputation, some 60 women have come forward to say he sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.Then prosecutors brought in a forensic psychologist and victim behavior expert to essentially normalize Constand’s actions during and after the alleged sexual assault at Cosby’s Cheltenham mansion in 2004. He admitted to “petting” her sexually but said they had never had intercourse “asleep or awake”.