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>> Bill Cosby was all smiles as he made his way back into a courthouse in suburban Philadelphia Monday. But behind courtroom doors, his lawyers are battling to keep the comedian's own roles from coming back to haunt him in his sexual assault trial. Cosby stands accused of drugging and raping former Tampa University basketball coach Andrea Constand.
Reuters correspondent Joseph Ax is in the courthouse in Pennsylvania.>> Prosecutors pointed to a section of his autobiography, in which he discussed the aphrodisiac known as Spanish Fly, and talked about how it's great for getting women in the mood to have sex with someone. Prosecutors also want to bring up a number of statements he made under oath in the civil lawsuit that Andrea Constand brought against him more than a decade.
This is the deposition in which he now kind of famously admitted to having gotten himself quaaludes back in the 1970's, and admitted that he got them so that he could give them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex. And so what prosecutors are arguing essentially is that those statements taken as a whole show a pattern of behavior, and the defense answer essentially was that, number one, the Spanish Fly comments were just jokes.
And the things he said in the deposition don't have anything to do with the allegations. The judge hasn't made a decision on whether to admit any of those statements. He seemed much more receptive to the idea that his sworn statements in the deposition might be relevant.>> Despite dozens of claims by women alleging similar sexual assaults in civil suits,c Constance case is the only one to face criminal prosecution.
Both sides are also haggling over terms of the jury selection process. Potential jurors could be screened and imported from Pittsburgh, hundreds of miles away, for the trial set to begin in June.