Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial reviewed portions of his accuser's testimony Wednesday as they deliberated for a third day over whether the 79-year-old star drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia estate.
The current criminal case against Bill Cosby is a three-count charge of aggravated indecent assault, drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 when she was 30.
Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam has refused to turn her back on Bill Cosby, the man who made her a household name and is, incidentally, now awaiting the verdict of his near career-damaging rape trial. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and has repeatedly denied similar claims from numerous other women. It's easy to be there for someone when things are good...
Cosby did not testify during the trial but prosecutors introduced his account of the incident through sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during a civil lawsuit filed by Constand, a former administrator of the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater Temple University. They began deliberating Monday evening, continued all day Tuesday and resumed Wednesday morning.
A judge ruled earlier that Jackson would not be able to testify because her statement would be considered hearsay. They were brought in from Allegheny County (near Pittsburgh) and were sequestered in a hotel.
Cosby's lawyers argued that he and the woman, Andrea Constand, were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.
Bill Cosby exits the courtroom with his publicist Andrew Wyatt on the third day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 14, 2017. They also requested further definition of the third count, which pertains to whether Cosby gave her a substance "without [her] knowledge" for the objective of "preventing resistance". She explained her support by saying it comes down to how she would feel if she was facing a hard time.
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"I don't hear her say anything".
She also asked Cosby's representatives for free tickets for her and her family to see Cosby's stand-up show in Toronto in August, half a year after the alleged assault.
Constand has said she has never met Jackson.
Jurors had asked to hear parts of Cosby's damaging decade-old deposition testimony about pills and sex and testimony about Constand's first police report. His defense, led by Brian McMonagle, rested after a single witness - a policeman - took the stand for a total of six minutes.
The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender.
He purchased a $250 hair dryer and encouraged her to change her hairstyle, Mr. Cosby said.
A four-hour deliberation followed after Monday's hearings, but observers have not been able to glean much from the faces of the jurors as to determine what their leanings could be.