Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, sprightly gait symbol Week 1


Bill Cosby’s passionate attack hearing in Pennsylvania has altered during a sprightly gait and constructed retaining testimony along with moments of levity. The box could strech a jury early this week.

The aging Hollywood idol is charged with drugging and molesting a immature lady he befriended by his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004.

The hearing involves usually prosecution Andrea Constand, nonetheless about 60 women have indicted Cosby of identical bungle over his prolonged career as an actor, comedian, author and, as one decider said, “public moralist.”

Constand went to military in 2005, though a internal prosecutor declined to press charges. Authorities reopened her censure in 2015 after training Cosby had testified in her lawsuit to giving several women wine, pills or even quaaludes before sex.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over 5 days before resting on Friday. Cosby, 79, could take a mount when a invulnerability starts a box Monday, nonetheless many justice observers call that unsure given a interrogate he would face.

Here’s a summation of a trial’s initial week and a demeanour during what’s ahead.



The box mostly rests on a credit of prosecution Andrea Constand, a former maestro basketball actor who worked during Temple from 2002 to 2004 as executive of operations for a women’s team. Calm and direct, she remained unrattled over some-more than 7 hours of testimony over dual days. She spasmodic grew teary deliberating a passionate encounter, when she pronounced she was semi-conscious and could not object.

She pronounced Cosby had “never pronounced a word to me” to communicate his seductiveness in her, nonetheless she concurred she had twice before rebuffed his advances. Despite that, she said, she did not feel threatened and supposed his invitation to come to a residence to plead her career that night and devoted him when he offering her 3 pills for stress.

Constand, 44, now a massage therapist and yoga fan in her local Toronto, put her hands together in a discerning Namaste poise when she finished her initial day of testimony and smiled broadly as she left a mount a subsequent day.



The invulnerability has beaten home inconsistencies in Constand’s statements and insists she had a consensual, regretful attribute with Cosby, who was not usually a luminary though a high-powered keeper during Temple. They highlight that she has altered a date of a confront from Mar 16, 2004, to someday in January. They also pored over her phone annals to uncover 73 after phone calls between her and Cosby. Constand says she had to lapse calls from Cosby given her pursuit and his standing on campus.

Cosby’s list of their before “romantic” episodes includes a time they spent 15 mins resting on a bed together during a casino hotel, when Cosby says he hold her in his arms though did not lick her. Constand says she sat during a corner of a bed, with one feet on a floor. But Cosby also says in his testimony in her lawsuit that he had once before put his palm down her pants, and his fingers inside her body, though her objecting until he attempted to lick her breasts. Constand says she pushed him divided when he grabbed her zipper.



Cosby has seemed in good spirits as he fights charges that could send him to jail for a rest of his life. He plays to a cameras and onlookers as he walks in and out of a building any day, wishing a fan a happy birthday or lifting his wooden shaft to salute well-wishers who shout, “We adore you, Bill Cosby!” and “Hey, hey, hey!,” a catchphrase from his “Fat Albert” TV show. It’s a sheer contrariety from a feeble-looking Cosby who hobbled into his prosecution after his Dec. 30, 2015, arrest. Cosby orator Andrew Wyatt says, “He’s 79 years aged and he’s feeling good.”

Inside a grand, century-old courtroom, a maestro performer has been mostly subdued. As Constand and a second prosecution testified, Cosby — who says he’s legally blind — looked down during a invulnerability list or stared toward a declare stand, mostly with a palm opposite his forehead. Other times, he confers with his lawyers. And, when there’s a light moment, he’ll grin and laugh.



Mornings during Cosby’s hearing have been a bit like a aged uncover “This is Your Life,” with college and Hollywood friends display adult to support him and reminisce. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who starred as a youngest daughter on “The Cosby Show” walked Cosby into justice Monday. Sheila Frazier, an singer from a 1970s strike film “Superfly” and her husband, Cosby hairstylist John Atchison, escorted Cosby in and out of a building Wednesday. Comedic actors Lewis Dix Jr. and Joe Torry seemed with Cosby on Thursday. Cosby’s possess family, however, has been noticeably absent. Wyatt says some of Cosby’s family will join him in justice this week. He says Cosby told mom Camille to stay divided so she didn’t have to continue a “media circus.”



The mood has been critical and a testimony mostly gripping, with a few moments of random levity. The gallery includes several firmly packaged rows of reporters from The New York Times, Variety, unfamiliar outlets and elsewhere, along with a few Cosby accusers. The record incited solemn as Constand testified over dual days.

The light moments include: Constand’s brother-in-law struggling to remember a year he got married though now meaningful a day he assimilated a Toronto military force; her mom testifying that she had been guileless in revelation Cosby — who suspicion he was being available — that she has a parrot and revelation a justice his name is “Ozzie”; and Judge Steven O’Neill bringing in an oversized gavel and earnest to use it if things get unruly after jurors asked because he didn’t have one.

O’Neill has been looking out for a jury, given that they are sequestered 300 miles from their Pittsburgh-area homes. He’s done certain justice doesn’t run late on nights their city’s hockey team, a Pittsburgh Penguins, are personification in a Stanley Cup finals. “What time does a puck drop?” O’Neill asked Thursday.