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Bill Cosby Lawyer Claims Sexual Assault Expert Witness Is Biased

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Bill Cosby center left accompanied by Joe Torry center right walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Thursday

Bill Cosby claimed that he gave Andrea Constand nothing stronger than a Benadryl the night she claims he sexually assaulted her.

A detective on Thursday read portions of the deposition covering what Cosby described as several sexual encounters with Constand, including one before the alleged assault where he said he found himself "somewhere between permission and rejection".

Bill Cosby said he gave Benadryl to Andrea Constand, but there's reason to think the substance wasn't that benign, prosecutors at his sexual assault trial suggested Friday. Moreover, Cosby insinuated that his phone call with Constand and her mother proves his innocence. "I said the only thing I'd like ... from you is an apology".

"I didn't know where she was going with her questions and I - from her tone - felt like I was being attacked", he said. Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

The excerpts read to jurors Friday were part of a prosecution bid to leave a lasting impression on the panel of seven men and five women as they absorbed a week's worth of testimony and evidence.

The expert whose testimony was disputed is Dr. Veronique Valliere, who has treated thousands of sexual assault victims and offenders during her 30 plus years in the field and owns Valliere Associates Inc.in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cosby had testified as part of Constand's lawsuit against him. Although Valliere admitted to writing them, the judge ultimately refused the request for a dismissal.

Cosby testified at the time that he was anxious about his public image.

"Do you think there would be a financial outcome to you if the public believed that you gave Andrea a drug that took away her ability to consent and then had sexual contact with her?"

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The lengthy deposition transcript, which prosecutors displayed on large courtroom screens, offers a granular look at how Cosby deals with crises.

Also, in the deposition, the now-79-year-old said he gave the medication to a woman named "Teresa", and promised to tell Constand's mother what pills he gave her daughter but later changed his mind in fear that their conversation would be recorded.

Cosby said it was on her second visit to his home that she rebuffed him.

"My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex and that Andrea was now very, very upset", Cosby said, according to the transcript.

Cosby also recounted calling Constand's family and offering her money for graduate school.

McMonagle emphasised that Cosby was deposed only after local prosecutors opted against criminally charging him, and that the criminal investigation was tabled for a decade. Constand has alleged that Cosby gave her drugs that left her unable to move or say no and then sexually assaulted her in his home in 2004. Prosecutors implied that Cosby was trying to buy her silence.

Andrew Wyatt told reporters during a lunch break on Friday that Cosby's team was still evaluating whether to have him take the stand. Testifying would carry enormous risk, as prosecutors would be able to cross-examine Cosby about his deposition. She has yet to be seen in court.

Having Cosby testify also could spoil his lawyers' successful efforts to prevent jurors from hearing about the more than 60 other women who say he assaulted them since the 1960s.

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