NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby says he will not testify in his own defense at his sexual assault trial. The 79-year-old comedian told a judge Monday that he made the decision after talking it over with his lawyers. The defense says it’s calling just one witness: the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home.
Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case. Cosby says his attorneys won’t call any character witnesses. Judge Steven O’Neill shot down the defense’s bid to call a second witness, a woman who worked with Constand at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University.
Cosby’s wife, Camille, has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial. It’s the first day a family member has accompanied him to court. The couple also has four daughters. The defense opens it case Monday. Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify. But a spokesman said last week it still was a possibility.
Last week, accuser Andrea Constand testified that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004 at his gated estate near Philadelphia. Jurors also heard Cosby’s version in the form of his police statement and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit. The trial will move to closing arguments if no defense witnesses are called.