PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Bill Cosby, leaving the courthouse in Norristown, waved his cane to those shouting his name, calling for him to be vindicated. Others were close by, blaring messages of condemnation.
Week two of the entertainer’s indecent assault trial concluded early Friday afternoon. His defense team intended to use a man named Robert Russell, to bring out the ghosts in Andrea Constand’s past.
“Robert Russell should be allowed to say Andrea Constand wasn’t living the holistic lifestyle,” Publicist Andrew Wyatt told reporters. “That he did drugs with Andrea Constand and also Gianna Constand.”
Before taking the stand, the judge heard from the defense on their plans. Attorney Tom Mesereau told the court Russell would say Constand had a history of drug use that was extensive, and he thought she was addicted to hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Judge Steven O’Neill wouldn’t allow it, telling lawyers his testimony would only be used to sully Constand’s reputation.
Two women also testified on Friday, employees of Cosby’s. They showed a calendar entry from 2003, evidence, his legal team said showed a long-running affair with Constand.
A handful of witnesses remain as part of the defense’ case.
Jurors also got a look Friday at Bill Cosby’s travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he is accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.
Cosby’s lawyers say the alleged assault on Andrea Constand could not have happened in January 2004, when she says the comedian knocked her out with pills and violated her. The date is important because Cosby was not charged until December 2015, just before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to expire.
The defense produced logs for Cosby’s private jet flights as well as several days’ worth of schedules listing his whereabouts and media appearances. The schedules do not indicate what Cosby was doing during his personal time.
Debbie Meister, his personal assistant, testified that the flights on Cosby’s Gulfstream IV — dubbed “Camille” after his wife of more than 50 years — coincided with comedy performances and other events on Cosby’s schedule.
None of the records showed him flying into or out of Philadelphia-area airports from December 2003 to February 2004.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said outside court that the records “connect the dots” that the comedian wasn’t around Philadelphia at that time.
Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.
Sequestered jurors got an early start to the weekend as Day 10 of the trial drew to a close shortly after lunch. Testimony will resume Monday. The jury is expected to get the case next week.
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