Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his alleged sexual contact with Andrea Constand, the former director of women's basketball operations at Temple University, at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004. The judge said he was not permitted to give any definition of the phrase, and the jury resumed its deliberations.

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Tuesday after 16 hours of deliberations in the trial of famed entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges.

For a second time in their deliberations, the jurors asked to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand three pills, or "friends", to ease her tension and make her relax.

Jurors deliberated into the night Tuesday, going outside for some fresh air after 8 p.m. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. "Under questioning from Constand's lawyer taking the deposition, Cosby said: "No, I didn't say 'Go to sleep.'" Why are you putting words in my mouth?" There were inconsistencies between this report and Constand's later police reports which the defence used to assail her credibility. 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. The comedian said in depositions that he gave her the common allergy medication Benadryl - calling the pills her "friends" without disclosing their substance - and insisted the encounter was consensual. She also revised her account of the circumstances of the alleged assault, saying it took place when she went to Cosby's house for career advice in January 2004-not after a dinner out.

Andrea Constand continues to bring reasonable doubt to jurors and spectators a week after her interesting testimony, which contradicted a number of prior statements and reports made.

In the testimony, Cosby said the encounter was "awkward and uncomfortable" for Constand. Constand's lawyer says Jackson isn't being truthful.

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. Cosby, his lawyer said, never ran from talking to police, for better or worse. The investigation initially was undertaken by former District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who in February 2005 determined there was insufficient and unreliable evidence to prosecute Cosby, who was 67 at the time. The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a detective. The testimony, unsealed in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, wasn't pretty coming from the beloved TV dad.

O'Neill said he could not provide any interpretation beyond his initial instructions on the charges.

She settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case. They said the accusers were after money. The jury deliberated four hours on Monday and another 12 hours on Tuesday.

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

Jackson said she worked with Constand at Temple University and shared a hotel room with her during occasional trips.

Another member of the chapter, Claire McCue, added, "I want to join the effort to show our appreciation for people who actually take a very fearless stance and bring their case through the justice system to let them know that we appreciate it. I don't understand it".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

This story contains information from the Associated Press and Calkins Media staff writers Margaret Gibbons and James O'Malley.

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