Cosby arrives at court before sex assault trial

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 6, 2017

Dressed in a dark suit, Cosby leaned forward in his chair at the defense [sic] table, listening intently as Johnson described reluctantly taking the pill under Cosby's watchful eye.

"I'll probably cry, and laugh, and be jubilant", she said. However, the tack of the Cosby legal team was apparent in its questioning of Sewell, and in its Monday cross-examination of Johnson. His wife Camille did not join her husband as his trial began Monday, but he was accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam who played his daughter Rudy on "The Cosby Show".

The comedian's defence, led by lawyer Brian McMonagle, objected to Kacey's testimony at the trial as they believe it was not relevant to Constand's case or the "romantic" relationship that, according to them, Cosby and Constand had.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A woman's claim that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at a Los Angeles hotel over two decades ago was bolstered by her mother and a workers' compensation attorney Tuesday, then quickly undermined by the comedian's lawyers on Day 2 of his trial.

Feden also cited a phone call between Cosby and Constand's mother, Gianna, who is scheduled to testify, in which she said that he apologized and offered to fly both women to Florida to discuss the episode, and to pay for some of Constand's schooling.

McMonagle also has attacked inconsistencies in her story, pointing out that she initially told police she never spoke with Cosby after the alleged assault.

The former employee of Temple University filed a lawsuit against the Little Bill actor in 2005 claiming that he sexually assaulted her.

None of this is irrefutable proof that Cosby assaulted Constand, of course.

His legal team said he had only offered Ms Constand Quaaludes - a sedative widely used recreationally in the USA in the 1970s - after she complained of having trouble sleeping.

"Her story unravels", he said.

He betrayed that trust when he pushed her to take drugs that incapacitated her and then took advantage of her sexually, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said. But as members of the jury entered, Mr Cosby - like everyone else in the room - turned his attention to their corner. She was crying. She was telling me, 'Mommy something's going on. And the packed courtroom fell silent.

Constand told investigators that she felt Cosby place "something foreign" in her genitals, but wasn't specific, Mason said.

He described his admiration for Cosby's many accomplishments, while grappling with the allegations against him. Outside court, Allred called Johnson "courageous" for her turn on the stand. Johnson said on Monday that that meeting happened beforehand.

After Cosby went from "America's dad" to alleged sexual predator, his reputation took a major hit.

"I don't condone sexual assault in any way, shape or form, but, at the end of the day, our court system is set up ... you're innocent until proven guilty", she said. He acknowledged that he took his sexual advances on Constand into a realm "somewhere between permission and rejection", and expressed his belief that if she'd wanted him to stop, she would have told him to.

Pattrice Sewell says her daughter called her distraught in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for Cosby's agent.

"Their investigation revealed that Andrea Constand had been untruthful time and time and time again", he said.

“I felt embarrassed because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid, ” Johnson said.

Valentino sat there in a courtroom, listening to other women's Cosby horror stories, 38 years after she said Cosby raped her, and she felt as though she was again being thrust behind the wheel of her emotional vehicle crash.

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