In disgrace, US comedian Bill Cosby declared in court Monday that he would not testify at his sexual assault trial as the defense called on only one witness before resting their case.
During one of Bill Cosby trials in years, the seventy-nine year old revolutionary black comedian faces three counts of infuriated indecent assault, which each tag a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
“You have got decided now not to testify in this case, correct?” Judge Steven O’Neill asked Bill Cosby, who was once cherished by thousands and thousands as “America’s Dad” for his role on hit sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
“Yes,” responded the defendant, who on Monday was followed by his spouse of 53 years, Camille, for the very first time in courtroom.
“Is it your decision not to testify?” asked the Judge.
“Yes,” respondent the defendant.
About 60 ladies women openly accused the Emmy-winning comedian of being a serial sexual predator in extremely similar accusations that span forty years, ending his profession and shredding his reputation.
However his fate rests on the allegations of just one, forty-four year old Andrea Constand, who claims that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.
The defence called on only one witness to the stand, Richard Schaeffer, one of the policemen who took down Constand’s original statement. Schaeffer seemed to appear on the stand for only a few minutes, clearing the manner to concluding statements from the defense and the prosecution.
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Andrea Constand — who was a staff of Temple University at the time of the alleged assault — arrived at court together with her mom to take a seat in the public gallery and pay attention the concluding arguments from both sides.
A US jury has resumed deliberations Tuesday on to confirm disgraced comedy legend Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia residence over 13 years.
The 79-year-old American celebrity will be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault.
The 12-member jury, which did not reach a verdict on Monday, has been confiscated in the course of their trial. On Tuesday, jurors returned to courtroom asking to hear once more from Cosby’s innovative deposition in the case from 2005. Judge Steven O’Neill then read them an extensive section.
The seven-man, five-woman panel subsequently returned to the deliberation room at round 10 am (1400 GMT) at Montgomery County courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Bill Cosby returned to courtroom to hear the verdict, dressed in a dark suit and tie.
Also, the jury deliberated for 4 hours over dinner and beyond dusk Monday, before they were sent back to their hotel due to the fact that they couldn’t reach a verdict. The trial marks a precipitous fall from grace for one of the towering figures of twentieth century popular culture, loved by millions as “America’s dad” for his seminal role as a adorable father and obstetrician on hit TV series “The Cosby Show.”
In concluding statements, the prosecution depicted the actor as a sexual predator who intentionally drugged forty-four year old Canadian Andrea Constand so she would not be able to withstand his assault in January 2004.
Bill Cosby refused to testify and his lawyers called on only one witness, a police detective, before they rest their case minutes later on Monday.
However, Andrea Constand’s is just the only criminal case in against him as under US statues of limitations. Most of the alleged abuse came about too long in the past to prosecute.