NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby smiled Tuesday during prosecutor’s closings in his sex assault case, invoking the wrath of a plucky prosecutor who noticed the smirk.
“He’s laughing like it’s funny,” Montgomery County prosecutor Kristen Feden said, gesturing to Cosby as his grin slipped from his face. “There’s nothing funny about stripping a women of her capacity to consent.
“There’s nothing funny about that, Mr. Cosby,” Feden bellowed at the 80-year-old as he sunk into his chair.
The former pudding pitchman’s ill-timed expression came after the assistant DA told jurors Cosby repeatedly manipulated his role as “America’s Dad” to gain the trust of unsuspecting women in order to drug and sexually assault them.
“This man is nothing like the image he played on TV,” Feden yelled as she stomped across the well to stand inches from a terrified-looking Cosby. “He is nothing like ‘America’s Dad.’”
Feden continued to shout as her extended finger hovered in front of Cosby’s face. The legally blind actor sat rigidly in his chair, eyes glassy and bugging, as she called him a “con” who used his award-winning role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable to “gain the confidences of these young, aspiring, trusting women so he could sexually assault them.”
Former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand, who has accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her in January 2004, sat listening in the front row of the gallery.
Some 60 women have accused Cosby of drug-facilitated sexual assault, though Constand’s case is the only one that has resulted in criminal charges.
“This was no mistake,” Feden proclaimed Tuesday of the accused assault. “This was the execution of his signature plan. That previously perfected plan that had worked so well on women in the past.”
Constand took the stand during Cosby’s retrial to tell jurors Cosby offered her “three friends” inside his suburban Philadelphia home to combat stress. She then lost control of her body and he began to prey on her, she said.
“The only person who knows what he gave her that day was him,” Feden said, again pointing at Cosby. The TV pioneer claims it it was Benadryl and that the encounter was consensual.
“[Constand] didn’t ingest those pills so the defendant could position her on his couch, wait for her to pass out, and then position himself behind her and force his fingers into her vagina repeatedly,” Feden said.
Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin also took the stand during the 12-day trial to allege that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them.
During her arguments, Feden broke down elements common to the six alleged encounters, which she said “show how well practiced and how well executed [Cosby’s] con was.”
Cosby frequently ingratiated himself into his alleged victim’s families, jurors heard at trial. Though he’d known Constand for months, the other women he sought out through friends or modeling agencies, Feden said. He then offered them drugs — for a cold, for menstrual cramps, for partying — or alcohol, and proceeded to attack them, the accusers testified.
Feden also personally attacked defense attorney Kathleen Bliss for her “filthy” characterizations of Cosby’s accusers during the defense closings.
“She’s the exact reason why women and victims of sexual assault don’t report those crimes,” Feden said scathingly, elevating the pitch of her voice to mock Bliss.
“Well, you know Mr. Cosby was married,” Feden parroted Bliss, before returning to her own tone. “Women are not responsible for both their own sexuality and the sexuality of men.”
Cosby faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged incident. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars on each count.
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