Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn't take stand

In 2005, Constand told police in Canada, where she was living at the time, that the assault happened on March 16, 2004.

Agrusa also pored over phone records that showed numerous contacts between Cosby and Constand.

Johnson testified that Cosby assaulted her in 1996, but a lawyer who was involved in a related investigation told the jury that Johnson in an earlier deposition said it occurred in 1990.

"The lights were dim and the fire was going", the lawyer continued. "This man was a trustee at Temple". She left the courtroom, expressing bafflement because she thought the phone was off, but was allowed back in after a break.

Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand. Or succumb to her defense portrayal as a woman who encouraged Cosby's romantic overtures?

Wednesday's questioning got off to a ponderous start as Agrusa pored over phone records showing Constand's 53 calls to Cosby in the months after she says he molested her.

"It was essential that they make the (romance) argument, but I'm not sure the way they presented it that it resonated with the jury", said Dennis McAndrews, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor who has been in the courtroom observing the trial. The jurors, who were selected in Allegheny County in an effort to ensure a fair trial, will be sequestered in the criminal trial for about two weeks, the lawyers in the case have predicted. Constand testified on stand for four hours, where she delivered a tearful yet poised account of the long history she and Cosby share.

"And he said to me, he said, 'I apologize to Andrea and I apologize to you, mom, '" she said. She had been interested enough in broadcasting to get headshots and to take a meeting arranged by Cosby, but not much more.

Constand worked at Temple University at the time and Cosby was a trustee.

Before Tuesday, Ms Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006.

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"Wasn't your friendship with Mr. Cosby in part for him to assist you in the goal of becoming a broadcaster?" the defense attorney Angela Agrusa asked Constand on Tuesday.

The situations became questionable when it was clear that Constand would return to his home after denying his attempts.

"It was something very silly", she said. It wasn't until Constand began having nightmares that she confided in her mother.

When Gianna Constand heard about her daughter's accusation of sexual assault against Bill Cosby in early 2005, she quickly confronted the comedian during an nearly two-hour phone call.

"Yes", replied Constand, though she said the bath salts were not from her but from a friend. She viewed him as a father, a mentor. Constand was the director of operations for the women's basketball team at the time of the alleged assault in 2004.

"I spoke to her at all hours", Constand said.

Demonstrating Constand's awareness of Cosby's romantic interest would have little bearing on whether she gave consent during the interaction in question.

"He called me "mom" throughout the conversation", Gianna stoically told jurors in Montgomery County Court. She says she shot down the actor's casual advances before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills he said were herbal supplements. She insisted the relationship was strictly professional.

The real underlying argument that the defense is making, though, is that the sexual encounters that the women have been sufficiently mendacious or manipulated enough to call assault were actually consensual.

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