Cosby jury reviews accuser’s testimony amid deliberations
Cosby has pleaded not guilty in the Constand case, and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing made against him, as well as coercing any of his accusers.
The 79-year-old Cosby is facing three felony indecent assault charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. “I respect that”, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill addressed the jury of seven men and five women shortly after 9 p.m.
The jury began deliberations late on Monday, and the sessions have stretched past 9pm on that day and Tuesday, for a total of 18 hours.
Throughout the day, jurors sent three questions to the judge and asked to see certain trial exhibits or to hear certain witness testimony again.
Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home two years later.
In one of the biggest USA celebrity trials in years, a guilty verdict could see the judge sentence Cosby up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on each count.
Incidentally, Constand’s version of what Cosby supposedly did to her while on prescription Quaaludes in 2004, as documents from a 2005 deposition between Andrea and the actor revealed, as CNN shared, mirrored that of almost 60 other women’s experiences with the entertainer between 1965 and 2008, according to Rolling Stone.
Andrea, who is now 44 years of age, gave her testimony last week saying that she was drugged by Bill and, then, penetrated by him using his fingers against her will.
In the civil deposition, Cosby admitted that he had previously obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving the drugs to women with whom he wanted to have sex. The actress’ conversation on Today regarding the Bill Cosby rape trial can be viewed below.
At the time of publication, the jury has not yet reached a verdict in the case after three days of deliberation, even though the defense’s testimony only lasted roughly six minutes. “They may send out notice to the judge that they are deadlocked and can not reach a decision on one, some or all of the charges”, said Fitzpatrick.
The jury then returned to deliberations.
But Steele and co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan suggested Constand was calling Cosby, a university trustee, about university business and argued Cosby’s conduct wasn’t “romantic” but was “criminal”.
In addition, Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that they had little contact after.
Cosby’s lawyer noted to the jury instances where Andrea’s statements were inconsistent, stating that, in one interview, she told the police that the assault took place in March 2004 and, in other interviews, January 2004.