The Latest: Cosby’s lawyers say accuser lied about assault

The Latest: Cosby's lawyers say accuser lied about assault
The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

Bill Cosby’s lawyers are urging a jury to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they say are based on “flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence.”

The defense at Cosby’s retrial gave its closing argument Tuesday. His lawyers slammed chief accuser Andrea Constand as a “pathological liar.” They highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years about her relationship with Cosby and her allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby’s wife of 54 years was in the courtroom for his lawyers’ arguments.

Prosecutors will deliver their closing argument next. The jury is expected to get the case later Tuesday.

Cosby says his encounter with Constand was consensual. A jury deadlocked on the charges last year, setting the stage for a retrial.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.

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9:50 a.m.

Bill Cosby’s spokesman says the comedian’s wife will be in the courtroom for the defense closing argument.

Cosby arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial Tuesday morning accompanied for the first time by Camille, his wife of 54 years.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says he didn’t want Camille and other family members there for the rest of the trial.

Wyatt says she’s in court to support defense lawyers Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss as they deliver their closing argument, just as she was there to support her husband’s lawyer during closing arguments at last year’s trial. That jury deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says it was consensual.

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8:45 a.m.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial, accompanied for the first time by his wife of 54 years.

The 80-year-old and his wife, Camille, didn’t talk to reporters as they entered the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, where closing arguments and deliberations are expected Tuesday.

The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The charges stem from Andrea Constand’s allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

Cosby’s lawyers devoted part of their case to travel records they say prove he couldn’t have been there when she says the alleged assault happened.

They argue that any encounter there with Constand would have happened earlier, outside the statute of limitations.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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12:10 a.m.

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial will soon be in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments and deliberations are set for Tuesday. The defense rested Monday after Cosby said he wouldn’t testify.

The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The charges stem from Andrea Constand’s allegations that he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

Cosby’s lawyers devoted part of their case to travel records they say prove he couldn’t have been there when she says the alleged assault happened.

They argue that any encounter there with Constand would have happened earlier, outside the statute of limitations.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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