Bill Cosby back in court for jury deliberations


Bill Cosby (right) arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Steele closed the prosecution's case on Monday by describing Cosby as a calculating sexual predator, who not only drugged and assaulted Constand more than a decade ago, but also recast the attack as romantic.

After more than 16 hours of deliberations, a jury weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby still had not reached a verdict Tuesday at his sexual assault trial in Montgomery County Court.

The jury ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a decision on whether Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, quitting for the night around 9 p.m, WRAL-TV reported.

The note focused on the phrase stating he had allegedly administered the drug "without the knowledge" of Constand. He said it was up to the jury to determine what it means.

The jurors, despite the long hours of deliberation, seemed intent on delving into the nuances of the case in granular detail. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer at Temple University - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back Cosby.

Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge, but the sentences are usually allowed to be served simultaneously, the Associated Press reports.

In the deposition, Cosby said he gave her Benedryl, a non-prescription allergy medication as he and Constand talked in the kitchen of his home that night.

"Put them down, they're your friends".

Mason testified last week that Constand told him Cosby gave her pills that made her feel woozy.

"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle said yesterday.

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified.

"Your friends", Cosby said he told her. Then she turned back to address the judge: "Testimony, your honor".

"I hope it ends in a way that society and survivors feel supported", said Aly Jacobs with the Houston Area Women's Center.

While Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by him, she appeared in court just once, on Monday.

As jurors deliberated three aggravated sexual assault charges against Cosby, his publicist Andrew Wyatt read aloud a statement by Marguerite Jackson, a student adviser at Temple University who worked and was pals with alleged victim Andrea Constand around the time of the alleged 2004 assault. He maintains the sexual contact was consensual.

In a tense cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that several of Constand's initial statements to police, including the date of the alleged assault, were later proved to be false. "On each occasion, Andrea and I shared a hotel room".

"I was mistaken", she said.

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

"When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?"

The prosecution said Jackson's statement is not true.

Ms Constand, the 44-year-old at the centre of the case, settled a civil lawsuit with the embattled star in 2006 and was given an undisclosed cash sum.

Constand is one of dozens of women to have accused Cosby of sex abuse, often after plying them with drugs, in a series of incidents dating to the 1960s. His lawyers said they were in a romantic relationship and what happened was consensual.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray her as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money. At one point during the trial, McMonagle stood beside Cosby and suggested to jurors that while Cosby may have been an unfaithful husband, that didn't make him a criminal.

"Your friends", Cosby said he told her.