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Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn't take stand

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/8/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury that heard seven hours of testimony from a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her may soon hear from Cosby himself — even if he doesn't take the stand.

Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Prosecutors are expected to show jurors an earlier deposition in which Cosby said he routinely gave women pills and alcohol before sexual encounters and gave at least one of them quaaludes, a now-banned sedative.

Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

The suburban Philadelphia jury on Wednesday heard trial accuser Andrea Constand offer her most direct denial yet that any of their earlier meetings were romantic.

Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

"It wasn't a romantic time, no," Constand, 44, of Toronto, said of an earlier fireside dinner with Cosby, a trustee at Temple University, where she directed the women's basketball team.

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

The jury also heard Cosby's voice on a 2006 telephone call, offering Constand money for graduate school after her mother called to confront him about the encounter at his home a year earlier.

Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand arrives during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

"She could go to school," he said. "If she wanted to do that, then I would be willing to ... pay for the schooling."

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Cosby, now 79, acknowledges in the deposition from Constand's related lawsuit that he gave her three blue pills before fondling her breast and penetrating her with his fingers. The only question for the jury is how to interpret the encounter. Prosecutors say she was too impaired to give consent.

Legal documents are wheeled out of the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Legal documents are wheeled out of the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

The defense lawyer sought to show that Constand changed her mind about the date of the alleged assault. But Constand perhaps blunted the attack by saying she got confused and initially thought the episode happened in March 2004.

Bill Cosby, third left, listens to Sheila Frazier, second left, and Frazier's husband John Atchison, left, speaks with members of the media as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, third left, listens to Sheila Frazier, second left, and Frazier's husband John Atchison, left, speaks with members of the media as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"I was mistaken," she said, unflustered.

Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by Sheila Frazier, second left, and Frazier's husband John Atchison, left, walk away after the Fraziers spoke with members of the media outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke): Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Gianna Constand, who followed her daughter to the stand, sounded alarmed at the thought Andrea had been drugged, and angry that they still don't know what type of pills Cosby gave her. Andrea Constand said the pills left her paralyzed and unable to stop Cosby from penetrating her with his finger and putting her hand on his genitals. She said she was still woozy when she woke up six hours later.

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks with members of the media during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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The defense spent hours on cross-examination trying to suggest the sexual encounter with Cosby was consensual, based on Constand's previous visits to his home and continued contact afterward.

Bill Cosby, center, departs Montgomery County Courthouse with Sheila Frazier, left, during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday June 7, 2017. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, departs Montgomery County Courthouse with Sheila Frazier, left, during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday June 7, 2017. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Constand's case is expected to get to the jury sometime next week. Prosecutors, before then, plan to call an expert in the behavior of sexual assault victims to explain why some remain in contact with their abusers and wait before lodging a complaint.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The defense may call a memory expert to cast doubt on the accuracy of testimony about long-ago events. Cosby was arrested in 2015 after his deposition became public and prosecutors reopened an earlier 2005 investigation that ended with Cosby not being charged.

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Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke): Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

"She has said the same thing from Day One. She's always said he drugged her. She's always said she didn't consent. She's always said it was digital penetration," Constand lawyer Dolores Troiani told The Associated Press when Constand finished her testimony Wednesday afternoon.

Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle laughs outside the courtroom at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle laughs outside the courtroom at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Bill Cosby returns to the courtroom for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby returns to the courtroom for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele arrives for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele arrives for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit: http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial

Bill Cosby walks through Montgomery County Courthouse Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through Montgomery County Courthouse Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)
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