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Bill Cosby Trial: Prosecutors Say Entertainer Is Sexual Predator While Defense Calls Accuser ‘Untrut

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial got underway Monday morning with opening statements from both sides.

Prosecutors painted him as a sexual predator who took advantage of a woman who viewed him as her mentor by drugging her then sexually assaulting her. The defense portrayed him as an innocent man who has een wrongfully accused.

“Trust, betrayal and the inability to consent — that’s what this case is about,” Montgomery County assistant district attorney Kristen Feden told the jury in her hour-long opening statement.

“This case is about a man,” she said, walking over to Cosby. “This man, who used his power and his fame and his previously practiced method of placing a young, trusting woman into a trusting state so she couldn’t say ‘no.’ She was incapacitated. She could not consent.”

In his 45-minute opening argument, defense attorney Brian McMonagle called alleged victim Andrea Constand “untruthful,” saying she gave conflicting statements to law enforcement throughout the initial investigations in 2005. CLICK FOR MORE.

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