Cosby arrives solo for second day of sexual assault trial
Bill Cosby arrived for the second day of his sexual assault trial wearing a dark suit, using a cane and without the visible support of friends or family members.
The disgraced comedian’s wife Camille did not join her husband as his trial began Monday, but he was accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam who played his daughter Rudy on “The Cosby Show.”
The 79-year-old did not respond to reporters’ questions on Tuesday morning but smiled when asked if he was ready for day two. He did answer a fan’s request to wish her a happy birthday and jokingly got weak legs when she told him she was 49.
Jurors heard from Kelly Johnson of Atlanta Monday, who broke down in tears as she testified that the comedian had violated her, eight years earlier, at a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.
Johnson’s mother, Patrice Sewell, testified in court Tuesday. She recalled what her daughter had told her about the alleged incident adding it changed Johnson and she no longer has the ability to take risks in relationships.
Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle suggested Monday that Johnson was far from credible, arguing that she said years ago that the encounter took place in 1990, and failed to mention on Monday that Cosby had given her $400.
A prosecutor in opening statements Monday urged the jury to focus on the man, not the fictional characters he created.
His defense asked jurors Monday not to view him as a fallen celebrity on trial in a sexual assault case, but as a flawed man “whose infidelities have made him vulnerable” to these types of accusations.
About 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them since 1965, but Cosby is charged in just one case, involving former Temple University basketball team employee Andrea Constant who said Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Constand, 44, of the Toronto area, is expected to take the stand this week and tell her story in public for the first time.
Cosby, his good-guy reputation already in ruins, could get 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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