During the closing arguments of comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Monday, Cosby’s leading lawyer turned to his client’s wife, Camille Cosby, and said that she “deserved better.”
The jury at the trial is currently deliberating whether Cosby, 79, is guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting former Canadian basketball player Andrea Constand more than a decade earlier.
After Constand’s accusations went public in 2015, dozens of women have come forward alleging that Cosby also drugged and assaulted them over the decades.
During the trial, the prosecution spent five days presenting a case that included testimony from Constand, along with police and expert witnesses. Cosby’s defence presented its entire case in just over six minutes, with Cosby opting out of his chance to testify.
Cosby’s lawyer Brian J. McMonagle argued his case by saying Cosby was indeed unfaithful to his wife and frequently slept with multiple women — but that such actions alone do not constitute a crime, according to The New York Times.
“You danced outside your marriage,” McMonagle said to Cosby while turning to Cosby’s wife of more than 50 years in the first row. “And you deserved better.”
McMonagle did not deny that Cosby slept with Constand but argued that the relationship was consensual
“They have been intimate,” he said. “Why are we trying to make it something it’s not?”
After hearing the closing arguments, the 12-person jury is currently in its third day of deliberations. If found guilty, Cosby could potentially be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life.
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