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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)
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers are proving quick to go on the attack as his sexual assault trial gets underway in suburban Philadelphia.

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)

A judge Tuesday will decide if the mother of one of his accusers can testify.

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)

Kelly Johnson told jurors Monday that she told her mother after Cosby abused her in 1996 when she worked for his agent.

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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)

She said she feared speaking out at the time because Cosby was "the biggest celebrity in the world."

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)

Cosby's lawyers questioned her credibility.

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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)

Prosecutors called Johnson to try to show Cosby had a prior history of drugging and molesting women. Cosby is charged with assaulting a Canadian woman, who also is expected to testify.

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)

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

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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