Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby flashed a thumbs-up sign as he arrived for the second full day of marathon deliberations by the jury in his sexual assault trial.

The panel made a decision to stop Wednesday night after revisiting a police interview where the comedian acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand pills and fondling her at his suburban Philadelphia estate. Cosby has denied all of the accusations, saying any sex with the women was consensual. That same day, the jury asked to hear read-backs of police testimony about Cosby's 2005 interview with police at his attorney's NY law office. The actress' conversation on Today regarding the Bill Cosby rape trial can be viewed below.

The prosecution rested its case on Friday, four days after the trial began.

Mr. Cosby said Ms. Constand often wasn't thinking clearly and he believed she had a learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder. He is now the defendant in a sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse located in Norristown, a city not far from Philadelphia. If Cosby is found not guilty on all of the felony charges, he will not be able to be tried again for the same charges.

The jury is weighing three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby, each carrying a maximum 10-year sentence.

During a lunch break Tuesday, Wyatt appeared on the courthouse steps to tell a crowd of reporters and cameras about what a defense witness would have said in court - damaging to the credibility of Constand - had O'Neill not barred her testimony as hearsay.

Cosby, once a towering figure in 20th century popular culture, returned to the court in Norristown, just outside Philadelphia, in a dark suit, white shirt and striped tie to await the verdict.

The jurors have asked the judge to reread Cosby's decade-old comments about his relationship with Constand and have revisited the testimony of a Canadian officer who took the initial police report from Constand in 2005. Trial jurors were said to have started the third day of deliberations on Wednesday.

The long-married Cosby, once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", called all the encounters consensual. However, she testified that she had been alone in a hotel room with Cosby beforehand, and that there were 72 calls between the two afterward. They'll resume Wednesday morning.

Bill Cosby acknowledged fans in a weird fashion on Tuesday night (13Jun17) by shouting out in the voice of his classic Fat Albert character while leaving a Pennsylvania courthouse. At that point, they had already deliberated 21 hours without reaching a verdict. He's drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood and assertions that the 79-year-old comedian isn't getting a fair shake.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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