Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Cosby's attorneys attempt to raise doubt about timeframe of assault

Cosby's attorneys attempt to raise doubt about timeframe of assault

Judge O'Neill also said he would rule Monday on whether the defense can read to the jury statements by Sheri Williams, a friend of Ms. Constand's, in a deposition given during Ms. Constand's 2005 civil suit against Mr. Cosby.

The defence asked the judge to clear the 80-year-old comedian after prosecutors rested their case on Thursday afternoon.

Cosby's lawyers say prosecutors haven't proved charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion more than a dozen years ago.

It's the fifth such motion to date that Cosby's legal team has made in hopes of being granted a mistrial, this time over the way they say the prosecution badgered their star witness yesterday.

Constand testified on Monday that although Cosby "came on" to her before the alleged assault - putting his hand on her thigh and once trying to unbutton her trousers - she stopped him and they never shared any consensual sexual contact, per Page Six. Jurors also heard Cosby's deposition testimony that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to seduce, as well as testimony from five other women who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in the 1980s.

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Cosby, in a 2005 deposition read to jurors by a police detective, said he obtained seven prescriptions for quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s, ostensibly for a sore back, but added he did not use them himself because they made him exhausted.

Cosby said he gave Constand 1 1/2 tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her breasts and genitals, according to a police transcript that jurors heard Tuesday. Jackson told Cosby's lawyers she was Constand's roommate for more than one road trip with the team.

Dickinson testified last week that Cosby raped her at a Lake Tahoe, Nevada hotel in 1982 while she was immobilized after taking a blue pill he claimed would help her with menstrual cramps.

Cosby's lawyers tried to serve a trial subpoena on Williams seven times, the filing said, and then mailed her a copy of the subpoena with instructions to attend a hearing to domesticate the subpoena.

Earlier in the trial, they also sought to paint Constand as a gold-digging opportunist who fabricated her assault claims in an attempt to extort the $3.4 million settlement she received from Cosby in 2006. He says their encounter was consensual.

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Bill Cosby's lawyers have turned to their star witness in the comedian's sexual assault retrial.

Bill Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Jackson testified that Constand allegedly told her, after admitting that she never filed a police report against the "high-profile person" because she knew she couldn't prove it.

Before jurors began hearing Cosby's testimony about quaaludes, prosecutors on Wednesday called to the witness stand Judith Regan, who published Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson's memoir.

The prosecution's expert, Dr. Timothy Rohrig, testified at Cosby's last trial that wooziness and other effects Constand described could have been caused by quaaludes or over-the-counter Benadryl. They are planning to to learn testimony and also we won't possess the possibility to crossexamine.

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