Prosecutors rest case in Cosby trial

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Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa.

Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Bill Cosby on Friday, saving until practically the very end the comedian’s damaging, decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

The prosecution called 12 witnesses over five brisk days of testimony in the sexual-assault case that could send the 79-year-old TV star to prison for the rest of his life. The defense will begin presenting its side Monday.

Testifying under oath in 2005, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to others, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink,’” according to the deposition read to the jury.

“When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?,” the comic once known as America’s Dad was asked.

“Yes,” he said.

Cosby is on trial on charges he drugged and sexually violated former Temple University women’s basketball team employee Andrea Costand, now 44, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He has said it was consensual.

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