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Bill Cosby elects not to testify as defence calls just one witness in sexual assault trial
Concluding arguments have been delivered by both sides in the high-profile trial of the comedian.

Bill Cosby And Camille Of Sexual Assault Trial Ricky Fitchett Bill Cosby arriving to court in Pennsylvania with his wife Camille this morning Ricky Fitchett

DISGRACED US COMEDIAN Bill Cosby confirmed in court today that he would not testify at his sexual assault trial as the defence called just one witness before resting their case.

In one of America’s biggest celebrity trials in years, the 79-year-old pioneering black comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

“You have decided not to testify in this case, correct?” Judge Steven O’Neill asked the television star, once loved by millions as ‘America’s Dad’ for his role on hit sitcom The Cosby Show.

“Yes,” replied the defendant, who was accompanied to court by his wife of 53 years, Camille, for the first time in the duration of the trial.

“Is it your decision not to testify?” asked the judge.

“Yes,” replied the defendant.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning comedian of being a serial sexual predator in remarkably similar accusations that span four decades, ending his career and shredding his reputation.

But his fate rests on the allegations of just one, 44-year-old Andrea Constand, who alleges that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

The defence called just one witness to the stand, Richard Schaeffer, one of the policemen who took down Constand’s original statement.

Schaeffer appeared on the stand for only a few minutes, clearing the way to concluding statements from both the defence and the prosecution.

Constand – who was an employee of Temple University at the time of the alleged assault – arrived at court with her mother to sit in the public gallery and hear the concluding arguments from both sides.

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