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Bill Cosby on the stand? Experts say it would be a huge risk

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/10/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's spokesman is dangling the possibility that he may testify at his sexual assault trial, but legal experts say that would be an enormous risk.

Bill Cosby gestures as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby gestures as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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They say the 79-year-old entertainer would face intense cross-examination about the lurid details of his decade-old deposition testimony, including admissions he obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted sex with.

Bill Cosby, center left, listens to his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, center right, speaks with members of the media as they depart from from Cosby's sexual assault trial at the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center left, listens to his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, center right, speaks with members of the media as they depart from from Cosby's sexual assault trial at the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

It also could spoil successful efforts by Cosby's lawyers to prevent jurors from hearing about the more than 60 other women who say he assaulted them since the 1960s.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cosby is on trial on charges he drugged and sexually violated a former Temple University women's basketball team employee at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Prosecutors rested their case Friday after five days of testimony. The defense starts its case Monday.

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