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Cosby's lawyer attacks 1 accuser as sex assault trial opens

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/6/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyer asked jurors Monday not to view him as a fallen celebrity on trial in a sexual assault case, but as a flawed man "whose infidelities have made him vulnerable" to these types of accusations.

Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom during a break at his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom during a break at his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Cosby, 79, the champion of fatherhood and family values, walked into court without his wife of more than 50 years, Camille, or any of their four daughters. He was instead joined by a TV daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who was five when he made her a child star on the "The Cosby Show."

Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, leads Bill Cosby, left, along a hallway during a break from his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, leads Bill Cosby, left, along a hallway during a break from his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

A prosecutor in opening statements urged the jury to focus on the man, not the fictional characters he created.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show."(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show."(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"Actors and actresses, celebrities as a whole ... they become larger than life. We have a collective imagination of all of the characters they portray and, because of that, we think that we really know them," Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said. "In reality, we only have a glimpse of who they really are."

Lawyer Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., left, waits for Andrew Wyatt, second from left, to guide Bill Cosby back to the courtroom after lunch during Cosby's sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Lawyer Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., left, waits for Andrew Wyatt, second from left, to guide Bill Cosby back to the courtroom after lunch during Cosby's sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

About 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them since 1965, but Cosby is charged in just one case, involving a former Temple University basketball team employee who said he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, walks out of the courtroom with Bill Cosby, center, inside the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, walks out of the courtroom with Bill Cosby, center, inside the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. Pulliam played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show." (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"I have three friends for you to make you relax," Cosby told Andrea Constand as he gave her three unmarked pills, Feden said, quoting from Cosby's deposition.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Constand, who said she thought it was an herbal product, told police she fell into a stupor, unable to rebuff him as he molested her on the couch. She is expected to testify later this week.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Prosecutors on Monday opened the trial with a woman who broke down in tears as she testified that the comedian had violated her, eight years earlier, at a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.

Bill Cosby, center, returns to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, returns to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Kelly Johnson, of Atlanta, worked for one of Cosby's agents at the William Morris Agency. Prosecutors hope her testimony will show that Cosby had a pattern of assaulting women after befriending them.

Bill Cosby gestures as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby gestures as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Johnson said Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill that knocked her out. When she woke up, she said, he put lotion on her hand and forced her to touch his genitals.

Bill Cosby, left, exits the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, left, exits the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"My dress was pulled up from the bottom, and it was pulled down from the top, and my breasts were out," she said, crying. "And I felt naked."

Bill Cosby, center, heads back to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, heads back to the courtroom after a break in his sexual assault trial inside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle suggested Johnson was far from credible, arguing that she said years ago that the encounter took place in 1990, and failed to mention on Monday that Cosby had given her $400.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cosby grinned and tapped his cane at the defense table as McMonagle confronted her with the discrepancies. Johnson struggled to explain them.

Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

She first raised the accusations in 2015, when she spoke out at a news conference organized by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred.

Bill Cosby, left, accompanied by defense lawyer Brian McMonagle walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, left, accompanied by defense lawyer Brian McMonagle walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"I felt embarrassed (at the time) because I had a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at the time and it was just me, just my word against his, and I was very afraid," Johnson said Monday, explaining the delay.

Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, left, walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, left, walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Her mother and a lawyer involved in her related worker's compensation case against William Morris could be the first witnesses Tuesday if the judge permits their testimony.

Bill Cosby departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Constand, 44, of the Toronto area, is expected to take the stand this week and tell her story in public for the first time.

Bill Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle, center, rides the elevator with his client, who is on trail for sexual assault, in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle, center, rides the elevator with his client, who is on trail for sexual assault, in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

McMonagle also has attacked inconsistencies in her story, pointing out that she initially told police she never spoke with Cosby after the alleged assault. But phone records, he said, show the two talked 72 times that year, with 53 of those calls initiated by Constand.

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Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

He told jurors their relationship was romantic. Constand's lawyer has disputed that since Constand was dating a woman at the time.

Members of the media follow Attorney Gloria Allred during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial outside of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Members of the media follow Attorney Gloria Allred during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial outside of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Regardless, Feden said Constand could not have consented that night given her condition.

Attorney Gloria Allred climbs the stairs inside the Montgomery County Courthouse at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., on Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Attorney Gloria Allred climbs the stairs inside the Montgomery County Courthouse at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., on Monday, June 5, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

"She couldn't say no," Feden said. "She can't move, she can't talk. Completely paralyzed. Frozen. Lifeless."

Cosby, his good-guy reputation already in ruins, could get 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.

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