Cosby's image as father, family man on the line at sex trial

  • Cosby's image as father, family man on the line at sex trial

Cosby's image as father, family man on the line at sex trial

And, she said, her truth was to be at court and to be supportive.

The trial involves just one of those complaints, that of the former Temple University basketball staffer.

Knight Pulliam says it's not always easy to do what you feel is right when there is so much controversy, but she leads her life trying to be "genuine and authentic".

Cosby said he does not intend to testify. She says she's praying for everyone involved. "The job now is for the two sides to prove their cases, and I accept whatever verdict is handed down". He has denied the accusations since 2005 when Constand first went to the police.

"And it's kind of still the same for me because that was never my experience with him", Pulliam continued.

The defense lawyer said Constand changed the date of the encounter from mid-March to mid-January of 2004. There, McMonagle said, she brought him incense and bath salts, they had dinner, cognac, and brandy by the fire and she lay in bed with him.

Twelve jurors will decide Cosby's fate.

Mr. Cosby says he is innocent and the encounter was consensual.

The 38-year-old actress' trip up to Pennsylvania from her home in Atlanta made it clear that she was backing Cosby despite the claims of over 50 women.

The actor claims he had a romantic relationship with the woman. She told police she did not consent to the touching.

Among his supporters are his family members as well as his co-stars who pledged to stand by him during his trial. He could get 10 years in prison if convicted. Like the Simpson case, the Cosby jury will be sequestered. The trial is expected to last two weeks. They include seven men and five women.

Prosecutors and the defense were to give their opening statements later in the day.

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Constand, now a massage therapist living in Toronto, was a Temple University employee at the time of the alleged assault.

On Monday, McMonagle suggested Constand and the other accuser set to testify were seeking payouts over the allegations.

"What I can say is this: I wasn't there", she said, according to the Daily Mail. Like Andrea, he gave her a pill.

Cosby's lawyers have questioned why she went to the bungalow.

Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse arm-in-arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam, the actress who played his youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show".

His wife was absent as the TV star, using a wooden cane, hobbled past dozens of cameras into the courthouse. McMonagle said Cosby gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl only after she complained she couldn't sleep.

The outcome, taken together with the treatment of accuser Andrea Constand on the witness stand, may well affect whether women who have been sexually assaulted by powerful men seek prosecution, according to experts who study sex crimes.

The first day of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has the usual trappings of a high-profile trial.

The courthouse where the trial is being held in Norristown, a working-class city outside Philadelphia far from the swanky Main Line suburbs, is a large columned structure with a cupola and a seat of steep stairs ascending to the lobby.

Hundreds of photographers and reporters looked on as Pulliam, who played Cosby's daughter for eight seasons on "The Cosby Show", walked arm-in-arm with the embattled comedian from his auto to the Montgomery County Courthouse, according to the Daily Mail. Dozens of women soon came forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. However, it is unclear if Camille would be present in the Pennsylvania courtroom given she has never attended any of her husband's pre-trials. In January 2016, she spoke about the allegations against the 79-year-old legendary comedian.

The jurors will be kept away from media reports for the duration of the trial.