Lawyers trade barbs in closing arguments of Cosby trial

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"You now have all of the evidence", Judge Steven O'Neill told jurors, sending them back to their sequestration hotel after an abbreviated day of testimony.

"I want you well rested".

"I call that settlement one of the biggest highway robberies of all-time", Mesereau said.

The two sides pit the prosecution's portrayal of a serial predator against the defense's contention that he's the victim of a "con artist" who made up drugging and molestation allegations to score a big payday.

Cosby was charged with the assault of Ms Constand at the end of December 2015, so if the encounter had happened earlier than January 2004, he could not be prosecuted.

The jury at his first trial deliberated for over six days previous year without reaching a verdict.

'It sounds as though she slept with every single man on the planet and when she flies hours and hours and hours from Bali to hook up with Mr Cosby, demanding first class by the way, he's not interested, ' she said. The legally blind actor sat rigidly in his chair, eyes glassy and bugging, as she called him a "con" who used his award-winning role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable to "gain the confidences of these young, aspiring, trusting women so he could sexually assault them".

The evidence, Mesereau argued, was "flimsy, silly and ridiculous".

The jury is expected to begin deliberating later Tuesday.

Cosby's wife of more than half a century, Camille, wearing an elegant orange coat and sunglasses, attended the defense closings, embracing him tenderly and beaming, but left during the lunch break. But a favorable state Supreme Court ruling in another case meant prosecutors would now be allowed to bring into the witness box "the cast of five accusers", as Bliss referred to them Tuesday. She went up to her husband at the defense table, offering him words of encouragement and a kiss before taking her seat in the front row.

The prosecution and Constand's attorney reiterated that Constand had nothing to lose in this case.

Constand says Cosby drugged and assaulted her after she went to his mansion to ask for advice about quitting her job as director of operations for the women's basketball team.

Earlier on Monday, Cosby's lawyers used phone and flight records from January 2004 to try again to convince the jury that he was not at his Philadelphia home at the time of the alleged crime.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said in an interview that she had serious doubts about Russell's claims that Constand made extensive use of mushrooms and marijuana when they were friends in Toronto in 2001.

Tom Messereau, lead attorney for the defense, repeatedly emphasized what he said were discrepancies in Constand's testimony. Her former Temple University colleague Marguerite Jackson testified that Constand once mused about setting up a high-profile person.

He also rejected the defense explanation that Cosby paid almost $3.4 million to settle Constand's civil lawsuit in 2006 because it was a nuisance and he feared bad publicity.

Constand says Cosby gave her three blue pills, saying they would help her relax but passed out. And the defense ripped into the other women, saying they were motivated by the prospect of money and fame to come forward in recent years with fabricated accounts. His lawyers say Constand framed him so she could file suit. "The perpetrator of that con is this man, sitting right here".

"Well, you know Mr. Cosby was married", Feden parroted Bliss, before returning to her own tone. Neither the prosecution nor the defense produced documents to establish the rooming arrangements on team trips, leaving jurors with the task of deciding whether they found Constand or Jackson more credible.

"He is nothing like the image he plays on TV", Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said in an impassioned address to the panel of seven men and five women hearing the case. Prosecutors have noted that Cosby's travel records have large gaps in time.

Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 deposition that he carried the drug to give to women with their consent prior to sexual encounters in the 1970s. Cosby was arrested years before #MeToo became a cultural force and took down famous men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen.

"Bliss put those women through, it was utterly shameful", Feden said in the courtroom.

Camille Cosby was also in the courtroom during closing arguments.



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