Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations

Alicia Cross
June 15, 2017

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (R) leaves Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt after jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 13, 2017.

The current criminal case against Bill Cosby is a three-count charge of aggravated indecent assault, drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 when she was 30. It was her first day present at her husband's trial.

The jury deliberated for four hours Monday and 12 hours Tuesday before retiring for the night without reaching a verdict. The jury consists of seven men and five women. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

The charges date back to a 2004 encounter with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home, where he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her.

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The first prosecutor to review the case in 2005 passed on it. "Not really", he replied.

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But she said the hotel room meeting was not romantic, and explained that she made those phone calls in her job responsibility at Temple. It is suspected that Cosby may have given her a stronger pill, perhaps the Quaaludes which he had admitted to obtaining in the 70s with the intention of giving to women with whom he meant to have sex, according to the Associated Press.

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The jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the night in question, with particular focus on the pills that he gave her before the sexual encounter began.

At trial, he refused to testify.

Cosby's lawyers say Constand's initial report was inconsistent with her later statements.

While Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by him, she has largely stayed away from court and his celebrity friends have mostly deserted him.

Jurors asked for testimony about a detective's interview with Cosby in early 2005. They also requested further definition of the third count, which pertains to whether Cosby gave Constand a substance "without [her] knowledge" for the objective of "preventing resistance".

The defense savaged Constand's credibility and painted their relationship as one that involved many meetings, and saw her call the star 53 times after the incident.

During an interview 12 years ago in NY at Cosby's lawyers' office, the comedian told Sargent Schaffer and two other investigators that he and Ms. Constand never experienced penetration.

He was not charged with any crimes at the time, but he did settle a civil suit with her out of court in 2006.

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