Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Keshia Knight Pulliam Would Be 'Disappointed' if Cosby Found Guilty, But…


On Wednesday it was the portion of accuser Andrea Constand's testimony about the night she claims Cosby drugged and then assaulted her while she said she felt "frozen" and incapable of resisting his groping.

The case was handed to the jury on Monday evening (12Jun17), and during the third day of deliberations on Wednesday (14Jun17), Pulliam appeared on USA breakfast show Today to further discuss her reasons for publicly backing Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault. A new one, District Attorney Kevin Steele, reversed course a decade later, after dozens of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct and after the public release of his startling deposition in which he spoke about giving the powerful sedative quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. He has pleaded not guilty in the Constand case and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing and of coercing any of his accusers. O'Neill would rule on the next steps. After about 30 minutes of reading, the jury went back to the deliberation room at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Any deadlocked verdict count is dropped, as it would be with a not guilty verdict, but the D.A. could refile the same count for future prosecution. Cosby, who is legally blind and carries a cane, has arrived in court each day with someone from the world of entertainment.

"The initial D.A. decided the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and declined to bring charges [and] this case was very much a campaign promise by the current D.A.", Hostin added. "I did when I was a kid", said Roland Jennings, a 66-year-old black man who drove about 20 miles from West Chester to wait for the verdict.

As the press, curiosity seekers, women's rights advocates, and legal experts closely watch what may happen next in the case against Cosby, things are getting tense at the courthouse, particularly as the deliberations drag on through the middle of the week. Agrusa pressed Constand about her inconsistent statements to police: she first said the assault took place at Cosby's house after a dinner at a restaurant with some high school students in March 2004. "I wanted it to stop".

The jury began deliberations late Monday and stayed past 9 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday nights.

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Constand testified over two days last week for the prosecution.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, but presented nearly no forensic evidence. They also requested further definition of the third count, which pertains to whether Cosby gave her a substance "without [her] knowledge" for the goal of "preventing resistance".

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

She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers. The jurors asked to re-hear the testimony of a police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005.

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