Camille Cosby escorts husband into court, defense team rests case after just 6 minutes

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives with his wife Camille for the sixth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Last week, as Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial got underway, the disgraced 79-year-old comedian was accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam, his TV daughter from The Cosby Show, on his way into court. Cosby’s wife, Camille, was nowhere to be seen. But on Monday, as Cosby’s defense team opened its case before the jury after the prosecution rested its case on Friday, Camille Cosby escorted her husband into a Pennsylvania courtroom for the sixth day of his trial. It’s the first time she’s made an appearance at the trial. The two have been married for more than 50 years, according to PEOPLE.

Nearly as quickly as defense lawyers opened their case on Monday, they abruptly closed it. All told, the defense mounted to just six minutes as lawyers called one witness, according to The Associated Press. Cosby elected not to take the witness stand in his own defense. He spoke in court answering yes and no questions to confirm that he was aware of his right to testify and that he had not been coerced into the decision to not testify.

There had been considerable speculation about whether Cosby would be called to testify. One of Cosby’s attorneys on Friday signaled the comedian could take the stand — a sign, legal experts say, that would indicate they think the trial is not going his way.

The one witness who did make it to the stand was Detective Richard Schaffer, who led the 2005 investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Cosby by Andrea Constand. During Shaffer’s brief testimony, he told the court that Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems more than a decade ago. Cosby maintains that he is legally blind as a result of glaucoma. The judge rejected a second witness the defense team intended to call, at which point lawyers for Cosby abruptly rested their case.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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