Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations


Bill Cosby dusted off his famous "Fat Albert" voice while leaving a Philadelphia courthouse during his ongoing sexual assault trial this week.

The jury has spent about 16 hours deliberating on both Monday and Tuesday, and they resumed their deliberations on Wednesday morning.

Around 60 women came forward to publicly accuse Cosby in recent years of being a serial sexual predator alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years in cities across the United States. He says they were lovers and their encounter was consensual. His admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him.

Constand testified the pills, which she said Cosby suggested were herbal, left her disoriented and unable to resist him.

"Though the iconic actor and comedian [didn't] testify [during trial]", the music magazine writes, "Constand [offered] her account [on stand] of what happened that day in 2004, when she claims Cosby gave her three blue oblong tablets at his home and then proceeded to molest her while she was immobilized".

Late Tuesday afternoon, they requested a readback of Constand's initial report to police in Canada in January 2005.

His primary complaint? O'Neill's decision Monday to bar the defense from calling what would have been one of its only witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a Temple University academic adviser who said Constand once described how she could frame "a high-profile" person on accusations that he had sexually assaulted her.

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The transcripts also revisited the alleged assault in graphic detail, how Constand described waking up to Cosby's hands touching her body, specifically how he slipped his finger in and out of her vagina. Kelly Johnson testfied that she was drugged and assaulted in 1996 so prosecutors could establish a pattern. James Reape to the stand, June 8 where he began pouring over the controversial statements that Mr. Cosby made during a deposition in the civil case settled in 2006 between the comedian and Ms. Constand.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband - but not a criminal.

Cosby, a graduate of Temple University, now resides in Montgomery County with his wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby.

With a jury deadlocked on all three counts, Cosby could also walk out of court.

The prosecution leaned on Cosby's words in the 2005 deposition, in which he admitted obtaining sedatives with a view to having sex.

Jury deliberations have entered a third day in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.

Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", said it was important for her to be there.

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