Bill Cosby Won't Testify as Defense Team Rests in Criminal Trial

A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account.

Jurors will hear closing arguments later on Monday in the courtroom in Norristown, Penn., and could start deliberating as soon as Monday afternoon.

Among those not called to testify on Cosby's behalf were any character witnesses or, most notably, Cosby himself, a strategy that would have opened the defense to negative character witnesses and, most damagingly, cross-examination of Cosby. "Correct", answered the star, who was joined by his wife, Camille, in the courtroom on Monday.

As the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial comes to a close in Pennsylvania after just one week, ABC News looks back at the extraordinary sequence of events that led to the public downfall and criminal prosecution of a man who was once one of America's most beloved comedians.

Roughly 60 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting and/or drugging them in the last several years.

The trial will now move to the closing arguments phase.

"Correct!" Cosby replied loudly, according to multiple reports, as his wife, Camille, watched from the gallery - attending the trial for the first time. She testified the pills left her semi-conscious and unable to tell Cosby to stop.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. He has pleaded not guilty and said the incident with Constand, 44, was consensual.




He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

In the prosecution's closing argument, Steele said that Cosby's lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand's allegations. Constand, who was an employee of Temple University at the time of the alleged sexual assault, claims that the comedian gained her friendship and trust and even showed a romantic interest in her prior to the alleged crime.

Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

This item has been updated to delete an incorrect reference to Constand visiting with Cosby after the encounter. The Cosby defense team had meant to present more witnesses to help make their case, but those witnesses were blocked by the judge.

As NBC News reports, Judge Steven O'Neill determined that numerous potential defense witnesses in the Bill Cosby trial would have violated Pennsylvania's iron-clad "rape shield" law.

The defense has rested after a single brief witness in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial. Initially, the Cosby trial was expected to stretch out to two full weeks, but it has proceeded much faster than expected. But a spokesman said last week it still was a possibility. Throughout the course of her testimony, she admitted that there had been some minor inconsistencies in her earlier police statements, a fact that the Cosby defense latched onto and attempted to exploit to their maximum benefit.

The trial will move to closing arguments on Monday if no defense witnesses are called.

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