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NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Concluding remarks in Bill Cosby's sexual assault were heard on Tuesday, the culmination of a dramatic trial in which a number of women testified
Cosby, 80, is being charged with a threefold indictment of a woman, Andrea Constand, 45, claiming Cosby drugged her and sexually abused her at home in January 2004. Unlike in the first case, prosecutors were allowed to call five other prosecutors in addition to Constand
Montgomery County Commonwealth judge Steven O'Neill adjourned The court after the conclusion of the arguments and said that the jury would receive their final instructions on Wednesday] Defense lawyers portrayed Constand as lies about the sexual encounter, which Cosby has claimed was amicable. The prosecution said that Cosby, known for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show" exploited Constand and that all the women who testified against him had "strikingly similar stories".
In Two Hours Closing Arguments Cosby's defense team painted Constand as a "cheater" and "pathological liar," who sought fame and fortune and wanted to blackmail Cosby in pursuit of those goals. Defender Kathleen Bliss began to close the arguments by suggesting to Constand and the others that women who testified were "motivated by a joint movement, many of whom had the same lawyer," she said, referring to herself Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom, who is also a lawyer. Bliss emphasized Allred's proposal for a $ 1
"You've heard of the $ 100 million fund," she reminded the jury.
Tom Mesereau, Cosby's leading lawyer, repeatedly emphasized what he said were contradictions in Constand's testimony. Mesereau told the jury that the case is about a "blind 80-year-old man with a successful career before total ruin."
"This woman will say anything, she will say absolutely nothing, she is a pathological liar", he
Mesereau led the jury through a PowerPoint presentation, pointing out what he called ambiguous statements about the relationship of Constand to Cosby, including whether they had flirted before the alleged attack, whether they were ever alone and whether she had been in bed with him. He said their statements are not simply "inconsistencies … they are lies"
Bliss also questioned the prosecutor's decision to bring witnesses to court to prove that Cosby attacked them more than 30 years ago ,
"How unfair is that – dig up things from three decades?" She asked. She also told the jury that she should not allow the #Metoo movement, which has exposed many men in the media, entertainment and business world as sexual molesters, to influence her decision.
"Do not get me wrong, bad things definitely happen, but, ladies and gentlemen, not every accusation is true, your common sense tells you that," Bliss said. "We have to deal with sexual assault, it's a global problem just as we do with sexual harassment, wage disparity and social inequality." (19659004) "But questioning a prosecutor does not embarrass her," she added.
But Montgomery District District Attorney Kristen Feden told the jury that Cosby, not Constand, was the fraudster, and that all the women who testified against him had "all remarkably similar stories."
"He hunted down Andrea Constand so he hunted down all those five women," she said.
Feden accused Cosby of having selected victims whom he believed could silence her. He used his image to "gain the trust of young, aspiring, unsuspecting women and exposed them to their autonomy," she said.
The prosecutor also cursed Bliss for "prosecution" of the prosecutors.
"This character murder that Ms. Bliss imposed on these women was extremely shameful," she said. "It is precisely why women, victims of sexual violence and men do not report these crimes."