Cosby trial: Defence rests after calling brief witness

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Bill Cosby arrives with his wife, Camille, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Image copyright
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Mr Cosby’s wife, Camille, appears alongside her husband for the first time throughout the trial

US comedian Bill Cosby’s defence lawyers have rested their case after presenting a single, brief witness in his sexual assault trial.

The embattled star, 79, earlier told a judge he would not testify to defend himself against claims that he drugged and sexually abused a woman in 2004.

Mr Cosby denies the charge and his lawyer has said she agreed to sex.

Dozens of women say he assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he is on trial for only one allegation.

Mr Cosby arrived at court on Monday with his wife, Camille, who made her first appearance at the high-profile trial in Norristown, a suburb of Philadelphia. She is the first family member to join him.

The prosecution rested its case on Friday after calling 12 witnesses to the stand over the span of a week.

The witnesses included Andrea Constand, the 44-year-old at the centre of the case who says Mr Cosby drugged and molested her during a visit to his home to seek career advice.

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She was 31 at the time and befriended him through Philadelphia’s Temple University, where Mr Cosby served on the board of trustees.

Defence lawyers have argued Ms Constand changed her story several times and suggested the pair were in a romantic relationship.

The case is seen as the biggest US celebrity court case since the murder trial of former American football player OJ Simpson in 1995.

If convicted, Mr Cosby faces up to a decade in prison.