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Prosecution rests case against Bill Cosby on 5th day of sex assault trial

Prosecution rests case against Bill...

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Bill Cosby, giving the comedian an entire weekend to give more thought to an option we've learned he's now reconsidering: taking the stand.

On day five of his criminal trial, Bill Cosby's representative revealed the actor may have a change of heart and decide to take the witness stand next week.

While that option hangs over Cosby's head, prosecutors decided to use his words Friday in the form of the comedian's 2005 deposition.

It shows the actor admitted giving young women he wanted to have sex with quaaludes, though Cosby himself never took them because he feared they'd make him "sleepy."

The deposition also shows Cosby admitted to giving Andrea Constand Benadryl before what he calls "consensual" sexual contact.

Then prosecutors brought in a forensic psychologist and victim behavior expert to essentially normalize Constand's actions during and after the alleged sexual assault at Cosby's Cheltenham mansion in 2004.

This was likely because the 79-year-old comedian's lawyers question why Constand kept calling Cosby after she says he drugged and sexually assaulted her, and why she waited a year to go to police with it.

"It's very normal, they maintain a relationship prior to the assault, it's normal they are considering all other factors in life, employment, relationships, social circle," said Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Defense attorneys challenged that people who make false accusations may act that way too.

Cosby's defense team tried claimed "mistrial" after that witness spoke and they questioned her integrity, but the judge dismissed it.


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