Jurors are weighing Bill Cosby’s fate after his lawyer asked them to see Andrea Constand as a lying, money-seeking former paramour, while the prosecutor portrayed her as a brave victim seeking justice, Philly.com reports. Closing arguments delivered over more than four hours capped a weeklong trial. The panel of seven men and five women deliberated for four hours last night. They asked to see a section of Cosby’s deposition in which he described giving pills to Constand on the 2004 night she says he drugged and sexually assaulted her.
Cosby lawyer Brian J. McMonagle painted Constand as a liar who badly damaged her credibility with conflicting statements to police about her past contact with Cosby and the alleged attack when she first came forward in 2005. “It’s a relationship. They’re intimate, and they stay intimate, and they are intimate. That’s what it is. Why are we trying to make it something it’s not?,” he said. McMonagle suggested that ensuing sexual assault allegations against Cosby from dozens of other women — and the worldwide scrutiny they have prompted – were the real reasons his client was facing charges that a decade ago a previous prosecutor had concluded would not hold up in court. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attempted to focus attention back onto the trial’s central accuser, Constand, calling her a victim who showed great courage and withstood hours of questioning on the witness stand. “I would suggest to you that Andrea Constand is a real victim,” he said. “She is a victim who has come before you and bared something very personal and powerful for all to see.”