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Bill Cosby entered a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday morning for day one of his sexual assault trial in connection with allegations made by former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand.

The comedian stands three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and the level of intensity and emotion of the trial has already been compared to that of the O.J. Simpson trial.

Day one alone was full of antics and drama, so here are five things you should know about the start of Cosby’s trial.

Keshia Knight Pulliam: Keshia Knight Pulliam arrived to the courthouse hand in hand with the comedian. The former The Cosby Show star was there to support her former television father and when talking to reporters outside the courtroom, said: “I came to support [Cosby] because this is where you hear the facts. This is where the truth happens,” the 38-year-old said. “Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone and to be in their corner when things are great, when things are good. But…true family, friendship, integrity is how people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t shining.”

Opening Statements: After assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden suggested to the presiding judge Steven O’Neill that the case is about “trust, betrayal and the inability to consent,” Cosby’s defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, fired back with: “The only thing that is worse than [sexual assault] is the false accusation of sexual assault.”

Witness Kelly Johnson: Kelly Johnson was the first witness to take the stand. Johnson is one of the many accusers who have come forward in the past claiming she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby. According to Johnson, in 1996, six years after initially meeting the actor, the now 79-year-old offered her a pill during a private meeting at his bungalow. That’s when he allegedly assaulted her. A tearful Kelly claimed she did not go to officials because she was “afraid.”

When being cross examined, Cosby’s lawyers called her out for claiming to never being a drug user but that night, for some reason, “took a pill out of a man’s hand, who was in a robe, and took it? That’s your sworn testimony?”

Please, No More Kelly: Prosecutors now want to put Kelly’s mother and lawyer on the stand, but the defense wants to shut that down because this case is not about Kelly, rather about Constand.

Andrea’s Case: In 2015, Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault after Constand claimed the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in Cheltenham Township, Philadelphia, back in 2004.

Constand claims she and Bill were friends and the night at his home, she was given wine and pills.

According to the initial statement released by the district attorneys, the effect of the wine and pills caused Constant to become “incapacitated.” After leading the victim to the couch, the comedian “fondled the victim’s breasts, put his hands inside her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers. During the assault, Cosby also put her hand on his erect penis. The victim did not consent to any of these acts and reported that she was unable to move or speak and felt ‘frozen’ and ‘paralyzed.’”

In January 2005, the alleged victim’s mother filed a complaint to local Canadian authorities over the alleged incident, in which officials turned over to authorities in Pennsylvania. However, after an investigation by the former District Attorney, it was announced that “no criminal charges were forthcoming.”

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  1. Need convincing

    June 24, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    You forgot to add that Constad testified that when she came to Cosby house she wore a midriff baring blouse, brought incense and bath salts. Call me stupid, but that says “Let’s get it on!
    Ode to Marvin Gaye!

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting



Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”


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