Bill Cosby used to be a wonderful comedian.
Once hailed as “America’s Dad”, the embattled comedian is accused of sexual assault that reaches back decades.
Now Cosby is on trial and the jury has begun deliberations while his fate officially awaits.
You just never know with great artists and what they’re capable of in a private setting.
51 different women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and/or rape.
But depending on the laws in each particular state, the timing of occurrence for each accusation falls under a statute of limitations, meaning that in some situations, too much time has passed for a criminal indictment.
However, one encounter in Pennsylvania occurred in 2004, which is the one he’s currently on trial for.
The jury at Bill Cosby’s trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian’s good-guy image.
A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, completing the stunning late-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in show business.
The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women on Day 6 of the trial after closing arguments gave differing portrayals of what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate.
Defense attorney Brian McMonagle told the jury that Cosby and Constand were lovers who had enjoyed secret “romantic interludes” and that the 2004 encounter was consensual.
McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn’t commit a crime.
Prosecutors countered by saying ‘fancy lawyering’ can’t save Cosby from his own words — namely, his admission about groping Constand after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep.
‘Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic. It’s criminal,’ District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
Jurors got the case around 5:30 p.m., deliberated for about 90 minutes before ordering dinner, and then asked to see a portion of Cosby’s decade-old testimony from a civil suit filed against him by Constand.
Jurors told the judge that they wanted to hear the ‘full context’ of Cosby’s testimony about the pills he gave to Constand, which he had described to her as ‘friends.’
‘I have three friends for you to make you relax,’ Cosby said he told Constand, according to a deposition transcript reread to the jury Monday night.”
The defense is literally arguing semantics about the definition of certain words. And if that is their only defense for their client, he’s probably already lost.
The prosecution took 5 days to outline their defense, and Cosby never took the stand which usually insinuates guilt by omission of testimony.
Once “America’s Dad” and a wholesome comedian who refused to curse is now facing life in prison because his celebrity fueled his ego.
Now Cosby is facing 3 counts of aggravated assault, which carries up to 10 years in prison.
And one of the victims who testified against him made a significant point about it being for a lack of civil court money – this is criminal court.
“McMonagle told the jury that Cosby’s freedom is at stake now, not just his finances. ‘This is not a civil case about money, money, money. We’re talking about all the man’s tomorrows,’ he said.
In the prosecution’s closing argument, Steele said that Cosby’s lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand’s allegations. Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand’s mother and described himself as a ‘sick man.’
‘This is where all the fancy lawyering can’t get you around your own words,’ Steele said.”
Everyone should have the right to innocence until proven guilty and the jury hasn’t decided yet, but it’s not looking good for the once wholesome comedian.