Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

The famed comedian and philanthropist is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, 44, in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia.

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.

After 16 hours and 30 minutes of deliberations in Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby Jr., the sequestered jury was sent back to its hotel on Tuesday night.

For the second time in their deliberations, jurors also asked to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand "three friends".

During the trial, the prosecution spent five days presenting a case that included testimony from Constand along with police and expert witnesses.

Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her pills that left her unable to resist his assault.

Prosecutors reopened a criminal investigation and filed charges in 2015 after Cosby's deposition in the woman's 2005 lawsuit was unsealed, and they realized the 12-year statute of limitations for felony sexual assault had not yet expired. Constand has alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. He faces up to ten years in prison for each charge.

Amid the ongoing (but potentially soon to be concluded) Bill Cosby trial, one person's continued support of the man, despite the dozens of assault accusations lobbed against him, has confounded many.

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Ms Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who testified that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behaviour in response to the trauma. In the report, Constand alleged the assault occurred in early January after she was out to dinner with Cosby and others. I pray for her.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

"This court has not given (Cosby) a fair and impartial trial", Wyatt said. He said he touched the skin of her midriff and then moved his hand inside her trousers down to an area he called "the orifice".

Meanwhile, the actor's representative Andrew Wyatt told Us Weekly that Cosby now has a positive outlook regarding his upcoming verdict.

According to the deposition, as he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

Jackson stood by her account, telling The Associated Press in a phone interview that Cosby's lawyers are "going to say whatever they need to say". He told the jurors they had the written charge in their possession.

Bill Cosby, center, enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for his sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations with Andrew Wyatt in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The court reporter is now reading that part of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand's statements to the jury from the 300-pages transcribed from her testimony and cross-examination.

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