Bill Cosby’s team is doing everything in its power to call into question the character of his main accuser, Andrea Constand. His lawyers were dealt a blow Monday when Judge Steven O’Neill struck down a motion to allow the jury to hear testimony from a sealed deposition.
The document, sourced from a 2005 lawsuit against the comedian, includes testimony of a woman named Sheri Williams. In the depo, she allegedly claimed that Constand wanted to extort money from him by framing him for sexual assault.
- Later Monday, the defense rested its case without calling the comedian to the stand. The jury heard from 25 witnesses over the course of the 10-day trial. 15 of the witnesses belonged to the prosecution; five of them included testimony from women accusing Cosby of drugging and raping them.
- Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Constand. She is one of several dozen women who claim Cosby drugged and assaulted them, but only her case can be tried in court because of statute of limitations laws. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. His first trial ended in a hung jury.
- Both sides are expected to give closing arguments Tuesday morning, and the jury may begin deliberating as early as lunchtime.
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