Prosecutors rest their case at Bill Cosby's trial

Prosecutors rest their case at Bill Cosby's trial

Portions of the deposition became public almost two years ago.

The deposition is a key piece of evidence for prosecutors seeking to convict the 79-year-old comedian of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"You have to look at all your options", Wyatt said outside the court.

"Nothing is ever off the table in a trial of this magnitude", Wyatt told reporters during a break in the proceedings in Norristown. The two met while Constand was working as a sports director at Temple University where Cosby served on the board of trustees. Defence lawyer Brian McMonagle, clearly wanting to move past Cosby's talk about giving drugs to women, asked no questions about it on cross-examination. Pacing the floor, the lawyer showed the courtroom a Facebook post from Valliere's company linking to a Washington Post article about the Cosby case during the pretrial period. She was only allowed to testify in generalizations.

Valliere had told jurors that an offender's celebrity status can have a chilling effect on victims and that all victims experience shock and disbelief when they're violated by someone they know.

"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.

Defence lawyers have focused on discrepancies in Constand's accounts of the incident to authorities, including changing her estimate of when it occurred.

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.

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Prosecutors on Friday are in their second day of reading deposition excerpts to jurors at Cosby's sex assault trial.

Montgomery County police officer James Reape read the deposition, in which Cosby described apologizing to Constand's mother on the phone in 2006.

Constand's mother repeatedly asked Cosby what were in the pills. Cosby, who turns 80 in July, previously publicly said he won't testify.

Cosby testified in the deposition he thought he'd caused trouble because he was 66 at the time and Constand was 30.

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.

Cosby was accompanied to the courthouse Friday by comedian Joe Torry, who a day earlier joined fellow actor and comedian Lewis Dix in support of the actor. On Wednesday, actress Sheila Frazier and her hairstylist husband, John Atchison, arrived with Cosby. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter, Rudy, on "The Cosby Show", was at his side as he made his way into the building.

But he acknowledged giving other women Quaaludes in the 1970s while refraining from taking them himself because he wanted to avoid getting "sleepy". It included a statement that Cosby first became attracted to Constand, then manager of Temple University's basketball team, in 2003. She said she has neither bias against or toward Cosby. That means jurors will only hear from him through the deposition from Constand's civil lawsuit and a prior police interview.

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

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