During the closing arguments of comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault trial on Monday, Cosby’s leading lawyer turned to his client’s wife, Camille, and said she “deserved better.”
The jury is now deliberating whether Cosby, 79, is guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in relation to allegations that he drugged and molested former Canadian basketball player Andrea Constand more than a decade ago.
Since Constand’s accusations went public in 2015, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and assaulting them over the decades.
During the trial, the prosecution spent five days presenting a case that included testimony from Constand along with police and expert witnesses. Cosby’s defense presented its entire case in just over six minutes, with Cosby opting out of his chance to testify.
Cosby’s lawyer Brian J. McMonagle argued his case by saying that Cosby was indeed unfaithful to his wife and frequently slept with multiple women, according to The New York Times, but that such actions alone did not constitute a crime.
“You danced outside your marriage,” McMonagle said to Cosby while turning to Cosby’s wife of more than 50 years in the first row. “And you deserved better.”
McMonagle did not deny that Cosby slept with Constand but argued that the relationship was consensual.
“They’ve been intimate,” he said. “Why are we trying to make it something it’s not?”
After hearing the closing arguments, the 12-person jury is in its third day of deliberations. If found guilty, Cosby could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison.