5 Key Takeaways From Week 1 Of The Bill Cosby Trial

The trial of legendary comedian and accused sexual assaulter Bill Cosby completed its first week on Friday in a courthouse outside of Philadelphia with the prosecution resting its case. 

The trial may wrap up next week based on the two-week estimate Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill made during pretrial preparations 

Over two days this week, the jury heard testimony from Andrea Constand, the prosecution’s star witness. She’s a former Temple University employee who for the first time publicly described the night in 2004 in which she says Cosby drugged and groped her in his home. That followed tearful testimony from a woman who worked for Cosby’s agent in the 1990s and who said the actor assaulted her in his Beverly Hills hotel after giving her a pill. 

The defense sought to undermine the credibility of the accusers by pointing to inconsistencies in their previous statements about their encounters with Cosby. On Monday, Cosby’s lawyers may begin calling witnesses for his defense, but at this point there’s been little indication of who might be summoned.  

Cosby, 79, has been accused of sexual misdeeds by 60 women, but he’s been charged only with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for what happened on the disputed night with Constand. Cosby, who has pleaded not guilty, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

Here are some of the pivotal developments in the case and notable moments outside of court from the first week.

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Accuser Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.

Constand testifies about alleged assault

“I wanted him to stop,” said Constand, describing her inability to repel Cosby as he groped her while she was at his home. Before the assault, Cosby had given her three pills that he said were herbal and would help her relax, according to Constand. “In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move and my legs to move, but I was frozen.”

Constand had reported Cosby to the police in 2005 and later sued him, but the 44-year-old had never spoken in public before. The credibility of her testimony could prove decisive when the jury eventually deliberates the case. 

In her recollection, Cosby was a mentor who offered her career advice. They met through their connections to Temple University, where he was a major booster and trustee and she was director of operations for the women’s basketball team. 

Unlike witness Kathy Johnson, who sobbed when questioned aggressively by Cosby’s defense about discrepancies over details in her statements, Constand remained calm. Constand acknowledged that she’d made some mistakes in her statements to authorities before, such as initially saying Cosby assaulted her following a group dinner in March 2004 rather than during a private evening in January 2004. She was also confronted with records showing that she called Cosby twice on Valentine’s Day, weeks after the alleged assault, and gave him a gift showing her face superimposed on a drawing of Fat Albert, an animated character Cosby voiced on his “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” TV series. 

In response, Constand said she felt compelled to remain on good terms with Cosby because she worried it could affect her job at Temple. She and later her mother confronted Cosby over what type of pills he’d given her, but Cosby was evasive, she testified. 

Constand also denied accusations from the defense that she and Cosby had a sustained romantic relationship. She admitted only that she’d rebuffed Cosby’s unwanted advances previously. 

“He was a Temple friend,” Constand said. “Somebody I trusted. A mentor. And somewhat of an older figure to me.”

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Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday.

Jurors hear Cosby’s words

Cosby has said he doesn’t plan to testify in his defense, though reports Friday said he and his defense team are considering it. 

What jurors heard this week were transcripts from when Cosby was questioned in 2005 and 2006 during Constand’s civil suit against him. Cosby’s statements were read aloud by a police officer on Thursday and Friday. 

In the depositions, Cosby admitted giving Quaaludes to women but said he’d never secretly given them the powerful sedative before sex. He told authorities that he gave Benadryl to Constand. He said he was evasive when asked about the pills by Constand’s mother because he feared that the call was being recorded, which it was. 

Cosby acknowledged offering to pay for Constand’s graduate school after she and her mother confronted him, according to the transcript. He said he didn’t want them to think he was a “dirty old man.” However, he insisted that he and Constand had a consensual sexual relationship. 

“But my apology was, my God, I’m in trouble with these people because this is an old man and their young daughter,” Cosby said at the deposition. 

Cosby’s attorneys had fought to keep the depositions from being used in court. They claim that he only participated in the questioning because a previous Montgomery County district attorney had offered him immunity from a criminal case. 

A ‘strikingly similar’ assault

In her opening statements, prosecutor Kristen Feden said that the trial was all about “trust, betrayal and the ability to consent.” She tried immediately to show that Cosby was a predator by calling Kelly Johnson, a former assistant to his agent, as the first witness. Feden said she’d describe a “strikingly similar” incident as Constand’s. 

Johnson testified that she felt obligated by the William Morris Agency, where she worked, to accept Cosby’s invitation to his Los Angeles bungalow in 1996 to discuss television production. When she arrived, Cosby forced her to swallow a pill, she testified. She said through tears that she awoke half-naked in bed and that Cosby had made grunting noises behind her and forced her to gratify him with her hand. 

She claimed that she overheard Cosby subsequently complaining about her on a phone call with her boss. Rather than challenge Cosby directly, Johnson said she applied for worker’s compensation, based on an attorney’s advice. 

Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle subjected her to a barrage of questions about supposed discrepancies between her testimony about the worker’s comp case and her attorney’s notes about the matter from the late 1990s. McMonagle also contended that Johnson had been coached on what to say by her attorney, Gloria Allred, who represents dozens of Cosby accusers, and that she and Cosby had actually had an affair — accusations that Johnson denied. 

“Sexual assault is a terrible crime,” McMonagle said in his opening statement. “The only thing that is worse than that is the false accusation of sexual assault.”

Johnson is the only other Cosby accuser O’Neill will permit the seven men and five women on the jury to hear. The prosecution had wanted to call as many as 13 women to testify to establish a pattern of abuse. 

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Bill Cosby arrives Monday for the first day of his sexual assault trial accompanied by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter on “The Cosby Show.”

Celebrity entourage

Much attention has been focused on who shows up to support Cosby each day. So far, his wife, Camille Cosby, hasn’t appeared, but minor celebrities who’ve worked with Cosby have taken spots in his corner. Keshia Knight Pulliam, the actress who played daughter Rudy on “The Cosby Show,” walked by his side on Monday. He arrived with Sheila Frazier, a costar in his 1978 film “California Suite,” on day three. 

Allred, the high-powered attorney who represents other Cosby accusers, was removed from the gallery because her cellphone wasn’t turned off. Two other Cosby accusers, former Playboy Playmate Victoria Valentino and model Therese Serignese, have attended the trial as well.

Cosby’s antics

At several times before and after court sessions, Cosby called attention to himself to the delight of some and consternation of others.

One incident occurred in a court hallway after Constand finished her testimony Wednesday. An officer had ordered someone to put away a cellphone when Cosby acted as if he were afraid, aimed his walking cane as if it were a weapon and saying, “What’d you say?” according to reporters.

Cosby also tapped into his comedic repertoire on at least two other occasions. He left the courthouse Tuesday bellowing, “Hey, hey hey,” the catchphrase of his Fat Albert animated character. He repeated the line Friday afternoon after fans clamored for it, according to an NPR reporter

In court, he’s been seen laughing and smiling. During Constand’s testimony, however, he avoided looking at her, frowned and shook his head, The Philadelphia Inquirer said. 

Russian Malware Operation Linked To Britney Spears’ Instagram

Oops, they did it again. Russian hackers that is, this time hiding a sophisticated malware operation in Britney Spears’ Instagram account.

A gang of Russian hackers notorious for spying on foreign governments, diplomats and military facilities has come up with a clever back-door Trojan marriage between their operation and social media — most notably Spears’ Instagram, according to Slovakian cyber-security firm ESET, which discovered the ruse.

The account — hopefully — wasn’t being used to target victims. Rather, it was used as a kind of camouflaged command center for the Turla hacker system. Comments posted to the site linked to a central server that sent instructions and trafficked hacked stolen data to and from computers infected by malware. Hacking operations can often be shut down once the command-and-control server is located. But Spears’ Instagram account served to veil the operation because it functioned as a third-party relay system.

For example, a nonsensical comment posted to the Spears’ Instagram (and since deleted) — “#2hot make loved to her, uupss #Hot #X” — was essentially a code that included a string of characters creating a link to a command-and-control hacker server, according to a blog post by ESET. If that server had been tracked down, other links could have been posted to a replacement server. Such coded “comments” providing a server link can easily hide in an Instagram account with 17 million followers. The Spears photo with the coded message had more than 2,000 other messages.

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This page included a now-deleted coded link to a command-and-control hacker server.

ESET discovered the operation in February, and managers believe what was found may have been part of a series of tests for a new operation launch.

Turla last made news in 2014 when cyber-security experts identified the Wipbot Windows malware that infiltrated the internet systems of the embassies and governments of a number of Eastern European nations, Ars Technica reported.

For the nuts-and-bolts of the complicated hacker scam, check out ESET’s blog post here.

Meryl Streep Dressed Like Diane Keaton For Diane Keaton’s AFI Gala

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Meryl Streep any more, she goes and dresses like Diane Keaton ― and now we don’t know who we love more, Meryl or Diane. Let’s just call it a draw. 

Streep honored her friend in the best way possible on Thursday night, by copying Keaton’s iconic style to celebrate the American Film Institute’s 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to the actress at the Dolby Theatre Hollywood.

Dressed in her signature black and white, Keaton was a delight as she posed next to Streep, also in black and white. Keaton rocked a hat and a wide belt over a black skirt and white coat, while Streep wore her own headgear and a black suit featuring an eclectic striped necktie. Both ladies wore glasses and huge smiles, of course. 

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“Diane Keaton, arguably one of the most covered-up persons in the history of clothes, is also a transparent woman,” Streep told the crowd, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “even though she is famously the only member of the original cast of ‘Hair’ on Broadway who would not take off her clothes at the end of the show.”

The gals ― who were joined by Woody Allen, Reese Witherspoon, Al Pacino, Emma Stone, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Silverman, Rachel McAdams, Steve Martin and Martin Short at the special event ― have been pals for years, with Keaton even giving her own speech at Streep’s AFI tribute in 2004. 

“By putting life before art, Meryl Streep has made the choice of a trailblazing pioneer, and in the process became my generation’s genius,” Keaton told the crowd of the Oscar-winning actress. 

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And man, nothing beats this: 

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The Diane Keaton AFI Tribute will air on TNT June 15 and then on Turner Classic Movies July 31. 

Kristen Bell Shares Car Safety Hack For Parents

Fans loved the trick Kristen Bell shared last month for parents traveling with little kids.

Now the actress is back with another parenting hack ― this time concerning car safety. On Wednesday, Bell posted a photo of two little hands on a car’s fuel door on Instagram.

“’Hands on the circle!’ The phrase we say as we jump out of the car,” she wrote in the caption.

“’Hands on the circle’ (the circle is the gas cap) was invented by my brilliant sister in law, and has thus far kept all kiddos safe from any oncoming traffic while I unload the trunk,” she added, along with the hashtags #momlife #momhacks #mom.

Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, have two daughters, 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta. 

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Bell has two children with her husband, Dax Shepard.

The actress’ Instagram post has received nearly 150,000 likes. Many fellow parents thanked her for the idea, while others shared their variations on this trick. 

“I love it! We call it the “safety spot.’ Totally saves me from chaos while unloading,” wrote one commenter. “Great idea to keep our little ones safe!” added another.

Others shared links to websites where parents can buy special car magnets ― like the Parke Avenue “Safe Spot” magnets.

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Commenters shared links to websites where parents can buy car magnets to promote parking lot safety.

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Parke Avenue offers “Safe Spot” car magnets.

#SafetyFirst

Nicole Kidman Awkwardly Pressures Kit Harington To Propose To Rose Leslie

Ladies, if you’re waiting for that diamond, call up our girl Nicole Kidman, who will no doubt fearlessly grill your significant other until they get down on one knee. 

That’s exactly what she did to “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington during “The Late Late Show” in London on Tuesday evening, pressuring him to propose to longtime girlfriend Rose Leslie, since, you know, they moved in together before walking down the aisle.

“Are you going to get married, or?” a straightforward Kidman asked the actor, who automatically blushed before responding, “Oh, wow … God.” 

“No, I just think it’s kind of nice if you’re going to live together maybe to at least get engaged,” the Oscar-winning actress stated.  

“I’ve been put on the spot by Nicole Kidman!” an embarrassed Harington chimed in. “I mean, it’s step by step, step by step.” 

Host James Corden sat there, surprised, when Kidman revealed that she’s all about getting engaged before living together.  

“Oh, are you? You’re not one for pre-marital … wow,” Corden said. 

“All right, come on,” a now blushing Kidman concluded. 

It was amazing. 

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Harington and his former “Game of Thrones” co-star Leslie ― who played lovebirds on screen, as well ― have been rumored to be dating on and off since 2012. They confirmed their romance in April 2016 when they walked the red carpet together at the Laurence Olivier Awards in London.

“I fell in love in Iceland,” Harington, aka Jon Snow, told Jonathan Ross last year of falling for his on-screen Ygritte. “I fell in love with my co-star.” 

Yup. Swoon. 

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Selena Gomez Eating An Entire Cheesecake By Herself Is All Of Us

We all know Selena Gomez is a talented singer and actress. But we didn’t know she was THIS talented.

Gomez is having a whirlwind week in New York City with boyfriend The Weeknd. While The Weeknd prepped for his concerts at Barclays Center, Gomez made the rounds at several different talk shows Monday, getting through six outfit changes in a single day. But if you thought that was impressive, just wait until you see the woman eat. 

On her way to The Weeknd’s concert Tuesday evening, Gomez shared an Instagram story showing exactly how much she loves cheesecake.

“Hey Sel, what are you doing?” Selena’s friend asks in the video.

“I got a cheesecake before my boyfriend’s concert,” Selena replies, helping herself to a forkful.

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Selena Gomez Instagram

Selena Gomez Instagram

We have never related to Selena Gomez more than we do in this moment.

While we can’t confirm if Gomez finished the cheesecake, we’ve got mad respect for any woman who forgoes a slice in favor of digging right into the whole thing.

Gomez later shared a snuggly snap post-concert as she cuddled with The Weeknd. Hey, as long as he supports her cheesecake-loving ways, we are fully here for this couple. 

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Parents Defend David Beckham After Criticism For Kissing His Daughter On The Lips

David Beckham has joined the ranks of moms and dads who’ve been publicly shamed. Luckily, his fellow parents came to his defense.

While on vacation in Tanzania on Thursday, the retired soccer star posted a photo of himself kissing his 5-year-old daughter on the lips on Instagram. In the caption, he wrote, “Kiss for Daddy.” 

The photo received over 1.8 million likes on Instagram, and the comments section is filled with positive messages to the dad. However, there were some negative reactions as well.

“Disgusting u pervert,” wrote on commenter. “Tbh kissing your daughter on the lips is a little weird…” wrote another.

“This is perverse,” another commented. “DISGUSTING! What a sick man kisses a little girl? This poor girl, enduring that, will never be able to have a relationship with a man, will just see the exploitation.”

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David and Victoria Beckham have four children.

In response to the vitriol, fellow parents shut down the shamers. 

“I kiss my children all the time! That’s how they know that they’re loved! Lovely photo!” one person commented. “People who see this as wrong have something wrong in their heads. I still kiss my 6 year old son on the lips,” wrote another. 

“So beautiful. My daughter’s daddy kisses her all the time. It’s called showing affection and love,” added another.

Beckham and his wife, Victoria, have four kids ― 18-year-old Brooklyn, 14-year-old Romeo, 12-year-old Cruz and 5-year-old Harper.

His post comes almost a year after his wife came under fire for sharing a similar photo.

Commenters described the former Spice Girl’s photo as “very disgusting” and “emotionally scarring.”

In December, Hilary Duff clapped back at commenters who shamed her for kissing her 4-year-old son on the lips.

“For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my four year old is ‘inappropriate’ go ahead and click unfollow with your warped minds and judgment,” she wrote.

Can we all just put an end to the parent shaming?

Bobby Moynihan Reveals Wife Is Having A Girl With Sweet ‘Wonder Woman’ Tribute

Bobby Moynihan is so ready to show his daughter the new “Wonder Woman” movie. Only thing is … his daughter hasn’t been born yet.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum and his wife, Brynn O’Malley, are currently expecting their first child.  

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Moynihan and his wife, Brynn O-Malley are expecting their first child.

On Monday, Moynihan posted a photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman on Instagram and revealed that he and O’Malley are having a baby girl. 

Addressing the film’s director, he captioned the photo, “‪Hi @PattyJenks. Big fan. Quick question. How soon do you think is appropriate to show my daughter @WonderWomanFilm? She’s due in July.”

He added, “Thanks for making it easier to be a Dad. What an amazing, beautiful movie. Thanks to you and @gal_gadot.”

Indeed, “Wonder Woman” fever has struck parents and kids alike. In fact, many parents are sharing photos of their young daughters dressed as the famous superhero. 

Girl power for the win!

Miley Cyrus Still Can’t Handle The Fact She Met Hanson In The ’90s

Miley Cyrus, like many children of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, was a Hanson fan. But being that she’s from a famous family and all, the singer actually got to meet the brothers who had us mmmbopping on the regular. 

On Tuesday, the “Malibu” singer shared an adorable photo from said meeting ― including her siblings Brandi, Trace, and Braison ― and appropriately fangirled in the caption. 

“Oh. Em. Gee! @Hanson !!!! I am still freaking out!” she wrote, before showing her siblings some love. Also, please appreciate Trace’s perfect mullet. 

“Top 5 best day of my life 1000000% I will never forget sharing this concert with my sibs! @noahcyrus sucks you weren’t born yet! Wish you could’ve been there!” she added. 

It may not even be time for #ThrowbackThursday, but the former “Hannah Montana” star already wins this week. 

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‘DWP”s Antoinette Robertson: Black Women Can Be Woke And Wear A Weave

Netflix’s hit “Dear White People” is one of those special shows where during any given scene, someone watching is likely going, “oh s**t, that’s me.” For black women who’ve watched ‘DWP,’ one of those moments came during an intimate moment with two of the show’s leading characters, Coco and Troy.

As the two engage in some morning foreplay, Coco (Antoinette Robertson), who struggles with insecurities as she feels constantly overlooked by men, scurries under the sheets to hide from Troy (Brandon Bell) after he accidentally takes off her wig.

But whether you’ve ever rocked a lace-front or not, the vulnerability and self-consciousness expressed in the scene are all-too-familiar for many black women who’ve experienced bearing their natural crown for the first time. 

Robertson spoke with HuffPost about the black hair complex and explained why wearing a weave doesn’t equate to a lack of wokeness. 

“You saw [the wig] become not something she did for herself, but something she did for his attention because she thought the women who were the objects of his desire looked like that,” Robertson said of her character. 

In the scene, it’s clear that Coco, who regularly wears a weave in the show and is intent on maintaining Troy’s attention, doesn’t think she’ll still appeal to him without some form of hair extensions. Everything about the scene represents a complicated and understated tension within the black community that extends well-beyond the set of “DWP.”

Coco’s inability to see that she’s stunning without a wig or weave speaks to an insecurity that’s unique to black women: our fear that our natural hair is a reduction of our beauty. This fear is endlessly perpetuated by a variation of media outlets and, sometimes, ourselves.

“When you grow up in a world where you’re given images of beauty and you don’t look like that, what does that do to someone’s self esteem?” Robertson said. “What does that do to black girls who are now subsequently black women in a world that places so much emphasis on a Euro-centric idea of beauty?”

Indeed, a 2014 article from The Salad Bowl points out that a quick Google search for “hottest women” yields endless pages almost exclusively filled with white women. (Of course, a Google search this year yields nearly identical results.) Furthermore, a Men’s Health magazine ranking of the “100 Hottest Women of 2015” includes only six black women (Janelle Monae was the darkest skinned woman on the list to boot). 

But outside of the European beauty standards constantly enforced by news media, Robertson believes music videos could do better too. Although she commended Kendrick Lamar’s noteworthy attempt at celebrating natural hair in his March video for “Humble” and said she’s noticed people “starting to veer towards authenticity,” she knows the industry still has its issues. 

“How often do you see a black girl with natural kinky hair running around and just being bold and beautiful?” Robertson asked of today’s music videos.

In 2009, rapper Wale released a controversial music video for his song, “Pretty Girls” in which there was a palpable absence of women who wouldn’t pass the paper bag test. While Wale later professed a love for darker-skinned women, the statement didn’t detract from the fact that they were excluded from the video.

While the rejection of darker-skinned women’s beauty is troubling in its own right, Robertson said what bothers her most is the root of it. 

“All this stuff comes from slavery,” she said. “The divisive tactics of putting people who are lighter-skinned with a softer curl in the house and putting people who are darker-skinned with kinkier hair out in the fields created something in our community that is still there. Whether people notice it or not, it is there.”

And as today’s women reap the consequences of these centuries-old practices, Robertson said the longer we wait to shed light on the beauty of black women as they are, the harder it will be for today’s young girls to love themselves in the future.

“It’s a lot easier to empower little girls than it is to heal broken women,” she said. “You have to grow into the understanding that you’re beautiful regardless of how your hair looks. But more so with the understanding that this is how you were naturally made.”

“I understand why [black women and girls] wouldn’t wear their natural hair, I get it,” she continued. “You are in a world where people are [asking] you: ‘Why you want to wear you hair nappy?’”

But Robertson said the limited notions of beauty ideals don’t necessarily affect all black women and that wearing weave isn’t always done out of a need to succumb to European beauty standards. 

“I make a choice to wear my hair straight sometimes,” she said. “I [also] make a choice to wear my hair kinky and big and in an afro because I think variety is the spice of life and women should have a choice.”

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“It’s nice to know that you’re more than enough and you don’t need the adornments to validate you,” Robertson said about rocking her natural hair.

“So many stipulations are placed on black women for blackness,” Robertson said. “Why can’t I be woke and wear weave if I want to?

A weave is a protective style, let’s be very clear,” she asserts. “I’m not going to run a hot comb or a flat iron [over my hair] every time it needs to be straight ― are you kidding meWhat if my edges are burned up and they look crazy and I want them to grow out? Like, can I have a weave?”

While Robertson likes to sport the pressed look every now and again, she said she’s often rocking a fro and prefers they be Chaka Khan-like.

In the meantime, she hopes black girls can learn to love themselves as they are. 

“You don’t need to pull your hair into a tight little bulb and make sure your edges are slicked, slicked down,” she said. “You don’t need to desire those things anymore. You are perfectly made the way that you are.”