The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle in his closing statement said Cosby was guilty of adultery but not sexual assault.

Later, Valentino said in an interview that she was proud to be singled out because she had helped expose a man she called "the biggest serial rapist in American history". The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a detective.

Cosby could charm jurors by testifying.

McMonagle told the jury that Cosby's freedom is at stake now, not just his finances.

He said Constand told police in her first interview that she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged attack, but later admitted she had spent time alone with him at his home and at a CT resort. He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault; each charge carries a possible 10-year sentence.

The jurors were brought in from the Pittsburgh area after defense lawyers argued that local residents would be biased by the intense media coverage. The jury asked about the phrasing Tuesday morning, but Judge Steven O'Neill said he could not define it for them.

This week was supposed to be Cosby's turn to tell his side of the story of his 2004 encounter with Constand, following five days of testimony from 12 witnesses called by the prosecution last week.

The prosecutor, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, drew from Cosby's own words in a 2005 deposition in a civil case filed by Constand as well as the testimony of Kelly Johnson, who alleged that Cosby had drugged and molested her in a similar way back in 1990. Constand, wearing a casual lightweight blue blazer, was joined by her mother, Gianna Constand, who was a key prosecution witness.

"Put them down, they're your friends".

Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it. Cosby spoke loudly as he answered, responding "YES!" or "NO!" Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma.

Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.

Ms Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray Constand as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money. McMonagle, looking to raise doubts about her motives, reminded jurors that she contacted a lawyer who specializes in sexual assault lawsuits around the time she reported the alleged assault to police.

Cosby, of Cheltenham, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand inside his Elkins Park home in January 2004, when she was 31 and he was 66.

"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case. He also quizzed Cosby on his decision not to take the stand in his defense.

McMonagle also questioned why Constand would continue spending time privately with Cosby even after he made sexual advances that she said she rebuffed. "We're not here because of Andrea Constand", he said. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified.

Phone records showed she made no such call in January, he said, and instead show she only called Cosby's phone numbers in NY. He admitted to giving her pills without telling her what they were, and he also admitted to penetrating her genitalia with his fingers, Steele noted.

Schaffer testified this time that Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino before the alleged attack and that police knew he had vision problems more than a decade ago.

Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women, but he has always maintained his innocence. O'Neill asked Cosby if he discussed the issue with his attorneys and if he understood there is no obligation to testify, as the burden to prove the charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault case lies exclusively with the prosecutors.

WYATT: She was here to show that - I'm not going to stand for this, and I stand by my husband no matter what and how bad they try to paint him.

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