Jurors in the U.S. comedian’s sexual assault trial have heard a taped recording of one of Cosby’s phone conversations in 2005 with Gianna Constand, the mother of his alleged victim, Andrea Constand.
“The mother is coming at me for being a dirty old man“, Cosby told investigators in the deposition. Schaffer’s testimony could blunt efforts by Cosby’s lawyers to seize on the fact that Castor saw no case.
When asked why he didn’t tell Constand of his interest, Cosby replied, “Don’t do it that way”.
Lawyers for Bill Cosby now have the task of convincing jurors that the 79-year-old entertainer did not drug and molest a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The trial is expected to run almost two weeks, with the defense launching their case in the next few days.
“My God, I’m in trouble”, Cosby had said in 2005, giving deposition testimony in a civil case with Andrea Constand, the woman he was charged a decade later with assaulting.
The prosecution rested its case on Friday after five days of testimony.
The judge reportedly sided with the prosecution, which argued that the attorneys would have been violating a state shield law that prohibits a victim’s sexual past from being entered into evidence during a trial. But he said in the deposition that he did not intend to get the foundation involved in the proposed payments to Andrea Constand.
Later in the questioning, Cosby was pushed on why he said he feared being extorted or embarrassed, even though he admitted the Constands never asked for money and the mother said his apology was enough.
“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?” the TV star known as America’s Dad was asked.
Then prosecutors brought in a forensic psychologist and victim behavior expert to essentially normalize Constand’s actions during and after the alleged sexual assault at Cosby’s Cheltenham mansion in 2004. This section focused on Cosby’s description of the phone calls between him and Andrea Constand’s mother, Gianna. Later, she added that he also said, “Oh I feel bad telling you this, it sounds perverted, do I sound like a perverted person?” Cosby, who is free on $100,000 cash bail, is on trial on three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
When she confronted Cosby on the phone, Gianna Constand, the accuser’s mother, had demanded to know what kind of pills Cosby had used.
One moment in that decade-old testimony elicited a chuckle from jurors and a rare courtroom smile from the defendant – a question and answer about the now-deceased doctor who wrote the Quaaludes prescription, knowing full well Cosby didn’t intend to take the pills himself. Valliere countered that point, explaining that victims frequently do not react immediately as they process what happened to them – particularly when the assaulter is famous.
Cosby’s deposition was from 2005 and part of a lawsuit filed against him by Constand, 44, of Toronto.
According to WHYY reporter Laura Benshoff, who spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered, Constand described meeting Cosby at a Temple basketball game, where he inquired about some facilities in the women’s locker room. Earlier in the week, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who played the youngest daughter, Rudy, on “The Cosby Show, ” attended in support of Cosby.