Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Jury Deliberates for Third Day
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 1:14
Andrew Wyatt read the statement from longtime Temple University official Marguerite Jackson on Tuesday as jurors deliberated charges that Cosby drugged and molested Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
And when asked how she would feel about the man she has adored since childhood if he is convicted by the jury, the 38-year-old mum stated, "I'm just gonna have to cross that bridge when I come to it".
The jury began deliberations late Monday and stayed past 9 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday nights. They are still ongoing at this time.
Jurors have asked five questions so far during their deliberations.
Even though Judge Steven O'Neill allowed testimony from Andrea Constand's neighbor, who said the Cosby accuser wasn't herself after the alleged incident, O'Neill refused to allow Jackson to testify.
Cosby's lawyers have argued that Ms Constand was Cosby's willing lover before she fabricated her account of the assault as a way of getting to his money. Each count of his charge carries a possible 10-year sentence.
The jury had previously reviewed Cosby's version of events, contained in a deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand's lawsuit against him and introduced by prosecutors at the criminal trial.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele closed the prosecution's case Monday by describing Cosby - who turns 80 next month - as a calculating sexual predator, while Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, highlighted Constand's inconsistencies and those of Kelly Johnson, the other accuser who testified last week on Constand's behalf.
Jurors asked for testimony about a detective's interview with Cosby in early 2005.
Ms Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who testified that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behaviour in response to the trauma.
On the "Today Show", Pulliam talked about why it was important for her to be there for her TV dad as the jurors entered their third day of deliberations. I pray for her. She would not say whether a guilty verdict will change her mind of Cosby. He said he touched the skin of her midriff and then moved his hand inside her trousers down to an area he called "the orifice". "I wasn't shocked since, this was exactly what Andrea said she could do, and so she did".
In the testimony, Cosby said the encounter was "awkward and uncomfortable" for Constand. They say he sexually abused them decades ago, and then defamed them after they went public by having his agents deny the claims and brand them liars. And here is Cosby's defense: That drugging women used to be "fashionable".