As the jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continued its deliberations Tuesday, the entertainer's spokesman asserted that Cosby didn't get a fair trial because a key defense witness was blocked from testifying.
Prosecutors say the famed comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. But by 9:20 p.m. on the said night, the judge asked them to return to their hotel to take a break.
The 12-member jury, which already deliberated more than 15 hours on Monday and Tuesday, working late into the evening on both nights, has been sequestered for the duration of the trial. They are still ongoing at this time.
The megastar turned pariah refused to testify and the defence called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case minutes later on the sixth day of what was initially billed as a two-week trial.
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.
The three charges accuse Cosby of assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent. If convicted of these charges, Mr. Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Outside the courtroom: Lead defence lawyer Brian McMonagle, greeted a woman he knew enthusiastically, telling her that seeing her made him feel happy-joking "it's the only thing that makes me happy in this entire nightmare". His testimony described the night she said Cosby gave her three pills and touched her genitals.
She woke up on the couch early in the morning with her clothes disheveled, she said.
According to a report from Philadelphia magazine, convicting Cosby for sexual assault would be very hard since there is no physical evidence that could link him to the crime. He further said that, in her first interview, she claimed to have never been alone with his client before the alleged attack, but later contradicted that statement saying that she spent time alone at his home before the alleged assault at a CT casino resort. "I wanted it to stop".
Bill Cosby has arrived at the courthouse for the second day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.
The judge will determine the sentence 60-90 days after the verdict and Cosby could technically walk free as there is no mandatory minimum punishment. Count three pertains to whether Cosby administered "drugs, intoxicants or other means for the objective of preventing resistance" without Constand's knowledge. "I am not stopped". Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals.
"Sexual assault is nothing I take lightly or that I condone in any way shape or form, but he is still a father, someone's husband", she said. As Cosby awaits a verdict in his sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, the comedian's civil lawyers are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country. Things happen, but in no way is that condoning sexual assault.
The defense insisted throughout the trial that Constand hid the fact the two had a romantic relationship before the 2004 encounter when she went to police a year later.style="text-align: center;"