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Cosby lawyers say he and accuser were lovers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says the comedian and the primary accuser at his sex assault trial were lovers who had a consensual sexual encounter.

Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

His lawyers said in closing arguments Monday that Cosby is being prosecuted now because of a media firestorm after excerpts from his lurid deposition became public. The defense says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

Cosby's primary accuser, Andrea Constand, received an unknown amount of money from a civil case she filed.

The defense offered its closing argument after presenting a single witness: a detective who reminded jurors that police wondered why Constand had visited with Cosby at a casino.

Prosecutors will give their closing argument Monday afternoon.

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