Cosby lawyers outline defense as case heads to trial

Written by The Associated Press | May 25, 2016 2:43 AM

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

(Norristown) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers have outlined the tough questions the accuser likely will face now that their client is heading to trial in a criminal sexual-assault case in Montgomery County.

The lawyers asked why accuser Andrea Constand stayed in touch with Cosby in the year after the 2004 encounter.

They suggested she was instead in a consensual relationship with the man she considered a "trusted" friend and mentor.

The questions are similar to those raised by a former prosecutor who declined to arrest Cosby a decade ago.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele believes there's new evidence to strengthen his case.

Cosby does not yet have a trial date.

The 78-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

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