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Prosecutors rest case in Cosby sex assault trial

Prosecutors have rested their case against Bill Cosby on the fifth day of his sex assault trial.

The 79-year-old entertainer could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

He claims the sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual.

Ms Constand testified this week that Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.

Cosby has said he gave Ms Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax, but prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

Jurors heard excerpts on Friday from Cosby's decade-old testimony in a related civil suit about how he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby's lawyers will present his side of the story before jurors get the case.

Earlier Cosby told the court he apologised to Ms Constand's family because her mother thought he was "a dirty old man", according to testimony read to the jury.

Cosby's explanation was contained in a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of a lawsuit filed by Ms Constand.

Portions of the deposition became public nearly two years ago. For the jury, this is likely to be the closest it comes to hearing from Cosby himself, since he has said he does not intend to take the stand.

In the deposition, he recounted a telephone conversation he had with Ms Constand's mother.

"I apologised to this woman. But my apology was, my God, I'm in trouble with these people because this is an old man and their young daughter and the mother sees this," he said in the 2005 deposition.

During the deposition, Cosby told lawyers that he knew his finances could suffer if the public was told he had drugged and assaulted someone.

According to the deposition, Ms Constand's mother repeatedly asked Cosby over the phone about the pills he had given her daughter, but Cosby refused to tell her what they were and said he would send them in the mail, which he never did.

"I didn't want to talk about what did you give her. We're over the telephone and I'm not sending anything over the mail and I'm not giving away anything," Cosby testified.

Cosby also described calling Ms Constand's family and offering her money for graduate school.

Ms Constand refused the offer and reported Cosby to police, filing suit after prosecutors failed to file charges.

Cosby eventually settled with Ms Constand for an undisclosed sum, and his deposition was sealed for years, until a judge released parts of it in 2015.

The criminal case was reopened when Cosby's deposition became public.

Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case.

Ms Constand's case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.

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