Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

The jury, sequestered for the duration of the trial and unaware of the back-and-forth outside, reviewed the testimony of the police officer who took Constand's initial report.

So Jackson, whose statement was issued to the court on November 20, permitted Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt to read what the jury may have considered compelling testimony.

They first wanted to look at a section in which Cosby talked about the pills he gave Constand, calling them "your friends".

Both Constand, now 44, and Cosby agree the performer gave her pills on the night in question. Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

"Her response was that it had not happened but she could say it happened and file charges, file a civil suit and get the money", Jackson's statement said.

Mr Cosby's lawyers argue that Ms Constand's account changed several times and that she hid her romantic relationship with the comedian when reporting the incident a year later.

Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004.

A judge blocked Jackson from taking the stand, ruling it would be hearsay.

The defence focused on inconsistencies in Constand's statements about certain details of the alleged assault and pointed out that she remained in contact with Cosby for months afterward.

Constand said on the witness stand she didn't know Jackson.

Constand, under the influence of the drugs and who briefly lost consciousness, could not and did not give consent, he said. Judge Steven O'Neill said he could not define it for them and instructed them to return to the deliberation room.

The married actor is fighting three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and attacked Andrea Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Temple University, during a 2004 encounter at his Pennsylvania home. He says it was consensual. In a deposition he gave after Constand sued him in 2005, Cosby boasted of giving her pills that he called her "three friends" and described his sexual encounter with her in graphic terms.

Team Cosby slammed the decision to block Jackson's testimony as "unfair".

Constand claimed she made those calls as part of her job as director of basketball operations at Temple, but McMonagle reminded jurors that Constand had already quit her job and one of the reasons Cosby offered her a Benadryl tablet was because she had called him telling him how stressed she was about the direction of her professional career.

Earlier in the day the jury in the Cosby sexual assault case drilled down on what the TV star said happened inside his suburban Philadelphia home and how he characterized his relationship with the accuser as it weighs charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Jurors began their second day of deliberations Tuesday by hearing more from Cosby's deposition testimony. She had waited 12 years for her day in court. With more than 50 accusations against Cosby, it would have been a disaster for the defense if the defendant took the stand, as it would have been a way for the prosecution to bring up all of those other accusations, to ask him to deny each and every one of them in front of the jury. One of the charges has to do with Cosby administering an intoxicant, pills, "without her knowledge".

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition.

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