Bill Cosby's defense rests without hearing from famed comedian

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"You've sent word: You're exhausted", said Judge Steven O'Neill, dismissing the panel until Wednesday morning.

Andrea Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her paralyzed and unable to fight him off as he groped her breast and genitals.

"Who says something like that?" "And knows the effect of what he gave her".

Detective Richard Schaffer told the jury that Constand had paid Cosby a visit at an out-of-state casino on the night of the alleged assault.

In his argument, McMonagle emphasized that Cosby consistently portrayed the encounter as consensual. Cosby, his lawyer said, never ran from talking to police, for better or worse.

Cosby's wife of 53 years has given a deposition in the past, but whether she testifies at the trial has not been revealed.

Cosby, 79, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys.

Bill Cosby did not testify. He said that after she took the pills, she and Cosby enjoyed "heavy petting" on the sofa in his living room.

The closing arguments capped a weeklong trial against the entertainer, accused of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004. His testimony lasted only six minutes.

The jury, sequestered for the duration of the trial and unaware of the back-and-forth outside, reviewed the testimony of the police officer who took Constand's initial report.

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As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance.

Cosby did not take the stand to testify during the case.

ALLYN: Outside the courtroom, Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said those little details undercut the accuser's credibility.

Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice.

Monday's closing arguments finished out Day 6 of Cosby's criminal trial.

Steele also said the former district attorney's decision not to charge Cosby in 2005, when Constand first came to police, was a failure. They hammered home the point that she doesn't know just when it happened, and they questioned why she had regular phone contact with Cosby later that spring.

"It requires tremendous concentration and command of the facts, and the ability to synthesize that in real time", Hall said.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning comedian of being a serial sexual predator in remarkably similar accusations that span four decades, ending his career and shredding his reputation. He delivered his closing statements with the vigor that's come to be expected from the brash Philly attorney, suggesting that Cosby's accuser was a "lover" and not a victim. Instead, he was intent on persuading the jury that Constand was a "lover" of the comedian - not a victim. The prosecution will presumably remind him in their closing arguments, which are scheduled to begin shortly. She sat in the front row, across the aisle from Constand. Constand, wearing a casual lightweight blue blazer, was joined by her mother, Gianna Constand, who was a key prosecution witness. "They're your friends", he allegedly told her. Adding weight to the allegations was the revelation in 2015 that Mr Cosby in a deposition for a 2005 civil suit filed by Ms Constand had admitted to obtaining quaaludes to help him in his pursuit of sex with women.

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", Steele said to the jurors. Earlier in the evening, they requested to see the entire context of Cosby's testimony "where he calls the pills his friends". A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths". Steele said. "It's not right". He cited Cosby's admission that he went to his own bedroom on the night of the alleged assault at his suburban Philadelphia estate, leaving Constand alone on a couch.

"She's (passed) out and you're doing stuff to her?"