As jurors in the sexual assault criminal trial of entertainer Bill Cosby said they were deadlocked only to be instructed to try again by the judge Thursday morning, fans (and the media) wait. "They have really taken their time to redo and retry the case in their deliberation room".
The jury had been deliberating since Monday on whether the comedian - once dubbed "America's Dad" - is charged with three counts of aggravated assault against Andrea Constand, an employee at Temple University. This jury was transported almost 300 miles after being selected in Pittsburgh because O'Neill granted a defense motion to pull jurors from a more diverse jury pool than Montgomery County.
Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand. He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual.
In closing statements, the prosecution portrayed the actor as a sexual predator who deliberately drugged 44-year-old Canadian Constand so she would be unable to resist his advances at his Philadelphia home.
Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial.
Mason said Constand didn't recall much after that and said that Cosby lied next to her and assaulted her.
Constand is not the only woman who says Cosby raped or sexually assaulted her. Dozens of women have come forward over the past several years, with stories that echo one another.
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Cosby knit his fingers, working his hands into a ball that he held in front of his mouth as the contents of the note were read in court by O'Neill.
And the spokesman took a shot at district attorney Kevin Steele, saying that the prosecutor had used the case as "catapult for his ambitions". "And now people are speaking out", she told AFP. She got the show tickets because her family loved Cosby, and she hadn't yet told them about the alleged assault.
He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.
Wednesday evening, the jury asked for a read-back of excerpts from the testimony of Richard Schaffer, the local police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005 about the accusations.
That civil suit was settled in 2006, and the Cosby deposition was sealed until 2015.
Sgt. Richard Schaffer with Pennsylvania's Cheltenham Township police department testified last week about a January 2005 interview that Cosby gave to police about the alleged assault.
They allege a pattern of gaining women's trust by mentoring them then drugging and sexually assaulting them. Cosby, who is legally blind and carries a cane, has arrived in court each day with someone from the world of entertainment.