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Bill Cosby May Testify at His Sexual Assault Trial, Publicist Hints

Cosby previously said he would not testify but after a week of prosecution witnesses, the defense may put him on the stand.
Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017.Matt Rourke / AP

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Prosecutors rested their case against Bill Cosby on Friday — and his team floated the idea that the comedian himself might be up next.

Cosby, 79, said last month that he would not testify, but a week into the sexual assault trial, his publicist said it's now a possibility.

"Nothing's ever off the table," Andrew Wyatt said during a break in testimony. "We are weighing all our options."

But Gloria Allred, the attorney who represents some of the 50-plus women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, said the chance of Cosby testifying is "as likely as any of us going to the moon on Monday."

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In the only criminal case he faces, Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, 44, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

She and another accuser delivered gripping testimony this week, but so far, jurors have only heard Cosby through a phone call Constand's mother recorded and transcripts of a police interview and his deposition in a 2005 lawsuit.

On Friday, the jury heard the portion of the deposition in which Cosby was asked about obtaining Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, for a bad back in the 1970s and giving them to women.

"When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" Constand's lawyer asked.

"Yes," Cosby answered.

Cosby then said he misunderstood the question and was referring to one woman, "not women," but later admitted under questioning that he had given Quaaludes to more than one woman.

His decade-old comments are crucial because prosecutors contend that Cosby may have given Constand some Quaaludes on the night in question, not the Benadryl he says he offered to help her relax.

A toxicologist testified Friday that the effects Constand said she experienced — she testified that she got blurry vision and rubbery legs and was "frozen" as Cosby pawed at and penetrated her with his fingers — could have come from either medication.

Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of Cosby's sexual assault trial.MARK MAKELA / AFP - Getty Images

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For the second time since the trial began Monday, Cosby's legal team asked for a mistrial on Friday — this time after prosecutors called to the stand a psychologist who specializes in the behavior of sexual assault victims.

Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle referred to Dr. Veronique Valliere as a "so-called expert" and noted she had commented about the case in a Facebook post.

"You're biased in this case, aren't you?' McMonagle asked her.

"I don't think so," Valliere said.

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Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill denied the request — the defense's second mistrial bid since Monday — and ordered the trial to continue.

Under state law, prosecutors are allowed to present experts to talk in general about how victims of sexual abuse react. That's in case jurors have preconceived notions about what is normal behavior.

Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom with aide Andrew Wyatt on June 8, 2017.Pool / Getty Images

Valliere talked about how not all victims resist or try to escape, especially if the assailant is someone they trusted, and why they might delay reporting the incident and even maintain contact with the attacker.

“We want to get back to the normal, safe life that we had before this happened,” Valliere testified.

Although Valliere did not talk about Constand, the defense argued she "crossed the line" into being too specific by discussing scenarios that are "eerily similar" to the case.

"She is now telling this jury that this defendant is guilty," McMonagle protested.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden point out that the defense had questioned Constand's behavior, spending almost an hour grilling her about phone calls to Cosby in the weeks after the alleged assault.

"If Mr. McMonagle has a problem with the statute he can take it up with the legislature,” Feden said.

Hours later, the prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon and the defense will get to call their first witness on Monday.

Cosby gave a small group of supporters outside the Montgomery County Courthouse a thumb's up as he got into an SUV to be whisked away for the weekend.