June 12, 2017
America’s Dad, having been publicly accused of drugging and sexual assault by dozens of women, is for the first time confronting criminal allegations that he drugged and raped a woman.
Here’s Where We’re At With The Trial
- Bill Cosby faces three counts of sexual assault for allegedly raping Andrea Constand in 2004.
- The prosecution contends the comedian had a pattern of using powerful sedatives to incapacitate women before sexually assaulting them.
- The defense is arguing that Constand and another alleged victim called as a witness are opportunistic and can’t be trusted.
- On Monday, Cosby declined to take the stand and his defense lawyers called only one witness.
- Everything you need to know about how the case evolved is here.
Day 6: Defense rests after three minutes as Cosby declines to take the stand
Bill Cosby’s legal team on Monday called only one witness to testify in the comedian’s defense, as the star himself declined to take the stand.
Cosby himself told the judge he will not testify, nor will he bring any character witnesses to testify on his behalf, despite that fact that his wife Camille was present in court for the first time in the six-day trial.
When Judge Steven O’Neill found out about Cosby’s plans for a “limited defense,” he put Cosby under oath to ask him if he consented to this plan by his attorneys and whether he had willingly agreed out of his own volition to not take the stand and testify in his own defense.
“Correct,” replied Cosby.
The only witness to testify for the defense was Det. Richard Schaffer, who already took the stand for the prosecution.
Cosby’s legal team called Det. Schaffer to the stand at 10:20 a.m. and asked him whether he plans to follow up on looking into Cosby’s vision and the initial police report he took from Constand.
Three minutes later, at 10:23 a.m., Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle said “no further questions.”