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Judge rules Bill Cosby's Quaaludes admission is fair game, again

20 April 2018

The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial has ruled jurors can hear the comedian's prior evidence about giving medication known as quaaludes to women before sex. He said he was given seven prescriptions for the now-banned sedative, ostensibly for a sore back.

Constand claims Cosby gave her relaxer pills and later awoke to Cosby assaulting her. The hearing dealt with attorney-client privilege, Fifth Amendment concerns and Cosby's defense team's plans to call one of Constand's civil attorneys to the stand, as well as a toxicologist who will dispute her account of how the drugs affected her.

In the deposition excerpts, which were read aloud by a detective and a prosecutor, Cosby graphically described what he characterized as a consensual sexual encounter with Andrea Constand, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by the man once known as "America's Dad". She said she accepted pills from Bill to help her "relax" and woke up to him spooning her and assaulting her.

The married Cosby, 80, is being retried on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Bill Cosby walks with Andrew Wyatt as they return to Courtroom A at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a short break during his sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 17, 2018. She said Cosby touched her breasts and vagina and used her hand to stroke his penis while she was incapacitated.

Phone records show Constand, the former director of women's basketball operations at Temple University, made brief calls to Cosby around the time of a Temple home game on February 14, 2004, the month after the alleged assault.

Constand went to police in 2005 and filed her lawsuit later that same year after prosecutors declined to file charges at that time.

Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical expert expected to take the stand beginning on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). "I'm giving Andrea time to say yes or no - to the area right there in the question zone", Cosby said, according to the deposition.

The statement was read by Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan and the prosecution's witness, Sgt. Richard Schaffer, who investigated Cosby in 2005 and 2015.

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In the deposition, Cosby described his attempt to obtain consent from Constand during a previous encounter.

"So you never had sexual intercourse [with Constand]?" an officer conducting the interview asked Cosby.

Prosecutors on Monday delivered a one-two punch as chief accuser Andrea Constand rejected defence allegations that she concocted her story to score a big payday, and her mother testified that Cosby apologized.

Janice Dickinson, one of five other accusers who testified against Cosby, told jurors that the comedian gave her a pill he claimed would ease her menstrual cramps but instead left her immobilized and unable to stop an assault she called "gross".

Second trial: Constand testified she doesn't "recall ever having a conversation with" Jackson.

Cosby is on trial over charges he drugged and molested Constand in 2004.

Constand explained that she may have been mistaken, that there were times Cosby told her in advance that the gate would be open and that she often reached him at another number.

She testified that she had gotten to know Cosby when she was operations manager for Temple University's womens' basketball team.

Judge rules Bill Cosby's Quaaludes admission is fair game, again