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Bill Cosby jury to hear more of his deposition testimony

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/13/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., Monday June 12, 2017. The jury at Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., Monday June 12, 2017. The jury at Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's sexual assault case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender, but the brisk story laid out by prosecutors at his trial has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at his gated estate in suburban Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The jury, which starts a fifth hour of deliberations Tuesday, went straight to the heart of the case with its first question Monday night: Can we hear again what Cosby said he told accuser Andrea Constand when he gave her pills before engaging in sexual contact? They wanted to revisit the portion of a 2005 civil deposition where the comedian, now 79, talked about giving her "three friends."

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall," Cosby said. "And there was talk of tension, yes, about relaxation and Andrea trying to learn to relax the shoulders, the head, et cetera. And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it."

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"Your friends," Cosby said he told her. "I have three friends for you to make you relax."

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. Constand — then an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer — said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her pants.

Attorney Gloria Allred addresses the media covering the Bill Cosby's trial Monday June 12, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. The jury in Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press Attorney Gloria Allred addresses the media covering the Bill Cosby's trial Monday June 12, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. The jury in Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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The defense insisted throughout the trial that Constand hid the fact they'd had a romantic relationship before the early 2004 encounter when she went to police a year later. Cosby, his lawyer said, never ran from talking to police, for better or worse.

Andrew Wyatt, left, leads Bill Cosby, center, as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrew Wyatt, left, leads Bill Cosby, center, as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"He never shuts up," lawyer Brian McMonagle said of his client in closing arguments Monday morning.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., Monday June 12, 2017. The jury at Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image.(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., Monday June 12, 2017. The jury at Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image.(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Nonetheless, the comedian whose storytelling artistry fueled a $400 million fortune went quiet Monday when he had the chance to take the stand. The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a detective.

Media trucks are parked outside the Montgomery County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Media trucks are parked outside the Montgomery County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Cosby couldn't risk taking the stand and being cross-examined about the 60 other accusers if he denied ever drugging or molesting anyone.

Andrea Constand leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Constand, by contrast, testified for more than seven hours last week. She had waited 12 years for her day in court. Authorities had declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005. Then the other women started coming forward.

Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Her lawsuit against him had elicited four days of testimony from Cosby about his sexual conduct with some of them. The testimony, unsealed in 2015, wasn't pretty coming from the beloved TV dad.

Andrea Constand, left, waits for her mother, Gianna Constand, center, outside the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Both women testified in the trial. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand, left, waits for her mother, Gianna Constand, center, outside the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Both women testified in the trial. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"Think about that, in terms of the courage Andrea Constand has shown," District Attorney Kevin Steele said in forceful closing arguments as Constand sat with detectives, her mother and other accusers in the front row.

Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

The defense had tried repeatedly since Cosby's Dec. 30, 2015, arrest to have the case shut down. They said the charges were filed too late. They said the accusers were after money. They complained that prosecutors were improperly striking blacks from the jury chosen in Pittsburgh.

Andrew Wyatt, third from right, leads Bill Cosby, second from left, as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrew Wyatt, third from right, leads Bill Cosby, second from left, as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

Andrew Wyatt, left, leads Bill Cosby, right, back to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Andrew Wyatt, left, leads Bill Cosby, right, back to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

McMonagle cited gifts and phone calls between Cosby and Constand to show she was more than a college sports staffer trying to placate a powerful Temple University trustee.

Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trail on Monday, June 12, 2017. The sole witness for the defense was the detective who led the 2005 investigation, Schaffer, who previously took the stand during the prosecution's case. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trail on Monday, June 12, 2017. The sole witness for the defense was the detective who led the 2005 investigation, Schaffer, who previously took the stand during the prosecution's case. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"This isn't talking to a trustee. This is talking to a lover," McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes. "Why are we running from the truth of this case — this relationship? Why? I don't understand it."

Camille Cosby, left, Bill Cosby's wife, leaves the courtroom during a lunch break in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Camille Cosby, left, Bill Cosby's wife, leaves the courtroom during a lunch break in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Camille Cosby sat stoically in the first row behind her husband of 53 years at the defense table, about 30 feet from Constand.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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