The Bill Cosby rape trial is becoming more interesting as the defense continues to pursue the angle that the comedian and his accuser, Andrea Constand, have shared a romantic relationship at the time of the alleged sexual assault.
According to Radar Online, Cosby’s lawyers are hinging his defense on the possibility that Constand had been in a romantic relationship with her alleged rapist by suggesting that she secretly called the 79-year-old suspect on Valentine’s Day in 2004.
However, this angle doesn’t seem to be working as Richard Schaffer, the police officer who interviewed Cosby in 2005 in relation to Constand’s allegations, shared his thoughts about calls Andrea made on February 14, 2004.
The state asked, “What do you think Andrea and coach Dawn Staley [Temple’s women’s basketball coach] talked about on February 14, 2004?”
“Basketball?” the officer who was at the witness stand during the Bill Cosby rape trial on Thursday replied.
At that point, the courtroom erupted in laughter as the state implied that calls done on Valentine’s Day couldn’t only be done for romantic reasons.
Aside from the Valentine’s Day call, Cosby’s correspondence with his accusers, Andrea and her mother Gianna Constand, remain the current focus of the trial.
Based on a report from Deadline, the 79-year-old The Cosby Show star will most likely not take the stand. However, his “voice” has been heard at least three times in court—a third time on Thursday after transcripts of what he said during the depositions on the case on September 28 to 29, 2005 and March 28 to 29, 2006 were presented as evidence for the Bill Cosby rape trial.
Reading parts of the transcripts, Detective James Reape revealed Cosby’s intentions when he gave Andrea the broken blue Benadryl pills at the time the accuser claimed she was raped.
“She is not asking me a darn thing in the negative. I wanted her to be comfortable and to go to sleep after we had our necking session,” Reape reads.
“The reason I gave them to Andrea is that she was talking about stress.”
Further going into the transcript, Reape and Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele read the exchange between the comedian and his interviewer which detailed how the two parties moved on to sexual intercourse.
According to the transcript read during the Bill Cosby rape trial, Cosby claimed that while the encounter had been awkward, he was under the impression that it was sexually satisfying for Andrea Constand.
“I feel, I feel a glow, I feel Andrea has a glow,” Reape reads Cosby’s statement.
“Andrea says to me one of either two words, ‘Stop’ or ‘No.’ I stop … It wasn’t hostile, she didn’t push me out of the way.”
Earlier in the Bill Cosby rape trial, the comedian’s lawyers fought—and failed—to prevent the state from getting their hands on the transcripts which, as it turns out, is a bit incriminating as Cosby admitted to giving the victim drugs, something his accuser claimed to have rendered her unconscious during the sexual act.
Should he be proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, Bill Cosby will be imprisoned for up to 10 years for three counts of sexual assault.
Despite this, his supporters, including his former on-screen daughter Keshia Knight Pullman, remained loyal to the comedian and even stayed with him during the onset of the trial.
“I came to support because this is where you hear the facts. This is where the truth happens,” Pullman explained as quoted by Perez Hilton.
“Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone and to be in their corner when things are great. But true family, friendship, integrity is how people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t shining.”
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