Bill Cosby May Take Stand in Sexual Assault Trial

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing on May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Penn.
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Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing on May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Penn. 

Bill Cosby, currently on trial in Pennsylvania for his alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, is considering taking the stand, Deadline’s Dominic Patten reported Thursday night. Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt incidentally backed the report during a court recess Friday afternoon (June 9), when he suggested that the star would consider testifying. “We’re weighing every option,” Wyatt said.

According to Patten’s Thursday night dispatch, Wyatt suggested that Cosby was in a “good mood” about the developments of the trial. Friday morning, the jury heard parts of the 2005-2006 depositions that were part of a civil lawsuit brought against him by accuser Constand — portions of which must have led the defense to believe that putting Cosby on the stand would help win more favor with the jury.

Portions of the deposition were unsealed in 2015 by Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who, in response to a request from the Associated Press, agreed that the document was in the public interest. Robreno explained that the reason for unsealing the material was because Cosby has maintained an image as a “public moralist,” and has largely benefitted from the public’s trust as a result.

The above article originally appeared on deathandtaxes.

Jurors at the Cosby trial have heard excerpts from the comedian’s lurid, decade-old deposition, but explosive sections about him obtaining quaaludes and giving them to women before sex are yet to come. Prosecutors on Friday are expected to continue focusing on Cosby’s testimony, giving jurors a look at his view of women, sex and the night in January 2004 that Constand says he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

The 79-year-old Cosby has said he will not testify, giving his deposition from Constand’s civil lawsuit and a prior police interview added weight as jurors consider charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

A detective on Thursday read portions of the deposition covering what Cosby described as several sexual encounters with Constand, including one before the alleged assault where he said he found himself “somewhere between permission and rejection.”

Friday’s excerpts are expected to include an exchange where Cosby, once known as America’s Dad, acknowledges using quaaludes in his pursuit of women for sex. “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 was asked.

“Yes,” he replied.

Cosby testified in 2005 and 2006 as part of a lawsuit brought against him by Constand, the former director of women’s basketball operations at his alma mater, Temple University. Constand testified this week she rejected Cosby’s advances and would have fought him off again had the pills not left her paralyzed and semi-conscious.

He has said the sexual encounter was consensual. Cosby eventually settled with Constand for an undisclosed sum, and his deposition was sealed for years, until a judge released parts of it in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press. A detective said Thursday the investigation was reopened just seven days after the deposition excerpts were unsealed.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand’s case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

The above report is courtesy of the Associated Press via deathandtaxes.


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