Jurors began deliberating at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Monday after a weeklong proceeding in Pennsylvania that saw prosecutors and defense lawyers paint starkly different portraits of the once-beloved comedian.
Defense attorney Brian McMonagle in his closing statement said Cosby was guilty of adultery, which is not a crime, but not sex assault. Steele said. "It's not right". Under cross-examination, Ms Constand explained her lapses as innocent mistakes, and said her contacts with Mr Cosby after the incident were mostly cursory, the unavoidable result of her job duties.
The Cosby defense team had meant to present more witnesses to help make their case, but those witnesses were blocked by the judge.
McMonagle told the jury that Cosby's freedom is at stake now, not just his finances. Last week, police detectives read aloud his statements to police in 2005 and in his civil deposition in 2006 responding to the allegations.
Next, instructions are expected to be given to the jury, which will decide on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The fate of famed entertainer Bill Cosby is in the hands of the jury on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in his Cheltenham home.
If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would be to control.
Jurors began weighing Bill Cosby's fate Monday after his lawyer implored them to see Andrea Constand as a lying, money-seeking former paramour, while the chief prosecutor in the case portrayed her as a fearless victim seeking justice. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma.
"Put them down, they're your friends". Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of that lawsuit, eventually settling with her for an undisclosed sum. "I said 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed the pills down".
She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified.
Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver says those allegations could compel Judge Steven O'Neill to sentence Cosby closer to the 10-year maximum. He also previously admitted to acquiring Quaaludes, powerful sedatives, to give to women he wanted to sleep with, but claimed the sex he had with Constand was consensual.
Jackson said she worked with Constand at Temple University and shared a hotel room with her during occasional trips.
Cosby says they enjoyed a mutual "petting" session.
Constand testified at trial that she did not know who Marguerite Jackson was. In criminal trials, the onus is on prosecutors to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants are not required to take the stand.
McMonagle used a big screen to show jurors how Constand's story evolved in her interviews with police, noting that she was off by two months on the date of the alleged assault and inaccurately told police she had never been alone with Cosby before. After Jackson pressed her, Constand admitted it had not happened but said she could easily use the story to make money off the man, Jackson said.
The woman had sued Cosby after prosecutors decided a decade ago not to bring charges.
Roughly 60 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting and/or drugging them in the last several years. One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified in the trial as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault.
"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall", Cosby said. Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, .
"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case. She came to the courtroom for the first time on Monday.
As jury deliberations continued on Tuesday, Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, released a statement from a woman, Marguerite Jackson, who was barred from testifying as a defense witness.
"People think that because of optics that if you don't see them here, then they don't love you and you're not together anymore".
"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", he said. "What it says is that you want to protect your family from being attacked by this media circus out here, and that's OK".