>> Bill Cosby arriving for the start of his sexual assault trial Monday. Accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam, the actress who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable on the popular family sitcom The Cosby Show. The program that cemented his image as America's dad in the 1980s. Noticeably absent from the courtroom Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille.
Cosby stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. Reuters correspondent Joseph Ax is in the courtroom.>> The lead defense lawyer made it clear that their strategy is going to be going after Constand as much as possible. In addition to not reporting the assault for nearly a year, he said that she initially claimed they had never been alone together before amending that later on and admitting that they had been.
She also told police initially that she cut off all contact with Cosby following the incident. But according to McMonagall, records show that she contacted him 53 different times after the incident occurred.>> Prosecutors plan to counter defense lawyers' arguments by introducing a psychologist to testify that sexual assault survivors sometimes engage in seemly irrational behavior in the wake of their trauma.
Constandt's accusation remains the only one to result in criminal charges from the dozens of similar allegations from women stretching back decades. Constand and a second accuser are expected to testify in court proceedings that could continue at least two weeks.