Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations

  • Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations

Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Prosecutors claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand (director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University) at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

The jury is considering three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

On Tuesday night, the jury hearing the sexual assault case did not come to a conclusion, and as he was leaving the courtroom along with his legal team, Bill Cosby shouted out the catchphrase for "Fat Albert: "Hey, hey, hey!" O'Neill sent them back to their hotel at 9:15 p.m. with a warning they should be careful about what they say to their loved ones.

Jurors were stone-faced but after hours of apparently grueling deliberations, they told O'Neill they needed rest. They are still ongoing at this time.

Through three notes to the presiding judge, the jurors signaled possible divisions as they asked to take a new look at the premier pieces of evidence presented by each side in the fiercely contested trial.

The megastar turned pariah refused to testify and the defence called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case minutes later on the sixth day of what was initially billed as a two-week trial.

Mason testified last week that Constand told him Cosby gave her pills that made her feel woozy.

In later police interviews, Constand said she had spent time alone with Cosby at his home before the alleged assault, including one night when he tried to unzip her trousers and kiss her.

The maximum penalty for each charge is 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty in the Constand case, and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing made against him, as well as coercing any of his accusers. "She never said yes". If convicted, he will be required to register as a sex offender. "I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive".

Unfortunately, if the jury if still not able to reach a verdict unanimously, then the judge may be forced to call a mistrial. The hope was that jurors from outside Philadelphia would be more fair and impartial, and would not likely have any connections to Cosby's well-known philanthropy in the region.

At the defense table, Cosby cracked a grin as the account mentioned a T-shirt Constand delivered to Cosby as a gift.

But Cosby said the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.

Asked whether her opinion of the 79-year-old would change if he's found guilty of drugging and molesting victim Andrea Constand in 2004, the actress took a deep breath. She told me that something similar had happened to her. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals. It's also a question of whether prosecutors are willing to put all parties involved - especially Constand, who's already spent seven hours on the stand revealing graphic details of her alleged assault - through yet another trial. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.