Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Shows Up to Court for First Time as Defense Presents Their Case
By Jackie Willis
Bill and Camille Cosby arrived arm-in-arm to the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Monday morning.
Camille, 73, was all smiles as she escorted her husband into the government building. This is the first time Cosby's wife has been seen at the courthouse since the 79-year-old comedian's criminal trial began last week. The Cosby Show star is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. If convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and has repeatedly denied similar claims from numerous other women.
Meanwhile in court, it was the defense's turn to present their case after the prosecution called up 12 witnesses -- including Constand who took the stand two days in a row -- before resting its case on Friday. The defense, however, only had Cheltemham Police Sgt. Richard Schaffer, a police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005 after Constand accused him of sexual assault, testify before resting their case, USA Today reports. Cosby did not take the stand.
Last month, Cosby said that he would not be taking the stand during the trial, though his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, implied while speaking to the press during a court break last week that it was a possibility. "Nothing's ever off the table," Wyatt said when asked if Cosby could testify. "We are weighing all our options."
In addition to his wife, Cosby has been escorted by several of his co-stars and famous friends during the course of the trial. On Thursday, he arrived with comedian Joe Torry and actor Lewis Dix Jr., after showing up a day prior with actress Sheila Frazier. On the first day of court,he stepped out with his Cosby Show co-star and onscreen daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, on his arm.
In an exclusive statement to ET, Pulliam defended her support of Cosby.
"The man that the world is painting Mr. Cosby to be is simply not the man I know or have ever experienced," she said. "I am showing up in the manner I would hope my loved ones would show up for me, if the shoe was on the other foot. Mr. Cosby is still a person, father, son & husband. This is a horrible situation for all parties. Now it is up to the jury to decide. I trust that the jury will make the right decision after hearing, reviewing and deliberating the evidence."
Originally published on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:56 a.m. ET. Last updated on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:04 p.m. ET.