NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial can hear the comic’s decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to girls earlier than intercourse, a decide dominated Tuesday, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to painting him as a serial predator.
Judge Steven O’Neill dominated that prosecutors can have the “Cosby Show” star’s deposition testimony learn into the report.
Cosby, 80, is on trial on prices he drugged and molested former Temple University basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. The testimony was additionally included at his first trial, which ended with a hung jury final 12 months.
Testifying beneath oath in 2005 as a part of Constand’s civil go well with towards him, Cosby mentioned he had obtained a number of prescriptions for quaaludes from his physician in Los Angeles within the 1970s, ostensibly for a sore again. The long-married comic mentioned he by no means took the drug, as an alternative giving it to girls he wished to have intercourse with “the identical as an individual would say, ‘Have a drink.’”
“Quaaludes occur to be the drug that children, younger folks have been utilizing to celebration with, and there have been instances after I wished to have them simply in case,” Cosby testified.
The former TV star finally settled Constand’s lawsuit for practically $three.four million.
Cosby’s legal professionals argued the testimony is irrelevant to his retrial as a result of there isn’t a proof he gave Constand the drug.
In the deposition, Cosby mentioned he gave Constand three half-tablets of the chilly and allergy drugs Benadryl. Prosecutors have urged he gave her one thing stronger — maybe quaaludes, a well-liked celebration drug within the 1970s that was banned within the U.S. in 1982.
The unsealing of the deposition, on the request of The Associated Press, led prosecutors to reopen Cosby’s prison case in 2015.
Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.
Prosecutors are constructing to the conclusion of their case towards Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical knowledgeable anticipated to take the stand starting Tuesday.
On Monday, Constand rejected protection allegations that she concocted her story to attain an enormous payday, and her mom testified that Cosby apologized in a cellphone name and referred to as himself a “sick man.”
Andrea and Gianna Constand’s testimony adopted that of 5 further accusers who advised jurors that Cosby had drugged and assaulted them twenty years earlier.
As Cosby arrived on the courthouse Tuesday, his spokeswoman Ebonee Benson advised reporters that the Constands’ testimony “gave the impression to be extra colourful and extra embellished” than on the first trial.
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