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Prosecutor says Cosby's words show motive

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Prosecutors are telling jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial that the actor has already admitted sexually violating an unconscious woman more than a decade ago.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden's opening statement in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom Monday relied heavily on Cosby's past deposition testimony about his 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand, including admissions that he gave her pills and touched her genitals as she lay on his couch.

Feden says there is no better window into Cosby's motives and methods than his own words.

Feden said Constand will testify, along with another woman who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in a similar fashion in 1996.

Feden told jurors that in both cases Cosby used his power and fame and a practiced method of placing a young, trusting woman in an incapacitated state so that he could sexually pleasure himself, "so that she couldn't say no."

Prosecutors had wanted to call as many as 13 of Cosby's more than 60 accusers as witnesses, but judge Steven O'Neill ruled only Constand and the other woman could take the stand.

Cosby's TV daughter says she's at the courtroom on the first day of the actor's trial to show support.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played the 79-year-old comedian's youngest daughter, Rudy, on the top-rated "Cosby Show," said during Monday's court lunch break that "ultimately it's about standing by your truth." And, she said, her truth was to be at court and to be supportive.

Knight Pulliam said she doesn't condone any form of sexual assault and that she's sensitive to the gravity of the charges against Cosby, given her Kamp Kizzy Foundation's mission to promote self-esteem, empowerment and motivation in girls. She says she's praying for everyone involved.

She says the job is for the two sides to prove their cases and that she'll accept whatever verdict is handed down.

Cosby is charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault and a conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Feden told jurors the case centered on three factors: trust, betrayal and Constand's inability to consent.


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