Attorneys in the Bill Cosby criminal trial, in which the fallen TV icon faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, offered differing accounts of what happened in 2004 as the case opened today, CNN reports.
“Prosecutors … claimed the 79-year-old actor knew exactly what he was doing when he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004 — while the defense went after Constand and another Cosby accuser’s credibility,” CNN reports.
The report notes that Cosby arrived at the courthouse “arm in arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable on ‘The Cosby Show.'” Outside the courthouse, the streets were lined with TV news trucks.
Cosby has denied Constand’s allegations since she first went to the police in 2005, the report notes. “The district attorney at the time of the alleged assault declined to press charges, and in 2006 Cosby settled a civil suit with Constand that remained sealed for almost a decade,” the report adds.
“Defense attorney Brian McMonagle seized on the original prosecutor not leveling charges against Cosby, saying the case was ‘exhaustively investigated’ at the time,” CNN adds.
McMonagle is quoted saying: “Their investigation revealed that Andrea Constand had been untruthful time and time and time again.”
The report adds: “Though more than 50 women have accused the former “I Spy” star of assault, the trial will focus on the testimony of Constand and one other accuser, who has been identified as Jane Doe.”