Cosby's defense rests its case, closing arguments to begin


The primary difference between Cosby's first trial and his second was that at last summer's trial the judge in the case, O'Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand's account, based on the prosecution's argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby's alleged assault of Constand.

Before the jury came in, she went to the defense table and put her arm around Cosby, who is legally blind.

Cosby didn't testify a year ago when the first trial took place, and after four days of defence witnesses, Mesereau made it clear his client would not be taking the stand to answer claims he drugged and raped Andrea Constand at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.

Defense attorneys Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss said in their closing argument that Constand consented to sexual activity, then leveled false accusations against the "Cosby Show" star so she could sue him and extract a big settlement.

The two final witnesses, a woman who worked for Cosby's agent at what is now called the William Morris Endeavor, and a pilot with expertise about flight records, were introduced to argue that Cosby was traveling and away from home during the month in which Constand says she was molested.

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Closing arguments are set to begin Tuesday with a chance of deliberations starting later in the day. The judge had rejected her testimony in the first trial as hearsay.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked him whether Cosby could have taken other means of transportation between NY and his Philadelphia residence that wouldn't have shown up on flight records.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt has decried Constand's allegations of drugging and molestation as "fantastical stories" and deemed District Attorney Kevin Steele an "extortionist" for spending taxpayer money on the case.

The records indicated that on many dates during that month Cosby had traveled to performances in different states and then returned to his house in NY, not to the home outside Philadelphia the site where Constand says she was drugged and sexually assaulted.

"Yes, you did hear about a con", Feden said, her voice rising as she moved toward Cosby and pointed at him.

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The timing is crucial since Cosby was not criminally charged until December 2015, just days before the 12-year Pennsylvania statute of limitations would have expired.

Constand testified she was assaulted at Cosby's Philadelphia-area mansion in January 2004, after originally telling police it had been in March of that year.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said in an interview that the defense attacks on her client are "absolutely part of their strategy to smear her reputation".

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

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