Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury deliberations

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.

(David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool). Bill Cosby, left, accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, walks to the courtroom for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

The jury that will decide the fate of Bill Cosby began deliberations for a third day on Wednesday, with no indication of whether they are close to reaching a verdict or heading toward a deadlock.

The 13-page document from Holder's firm Covington & Burling LLP released Tuesday exposes a startup-turned-goliath that permitted misconduct, had few policies to protect employees and ran with little board supervision. He says the encounter was consensual. On an unspecified date, she said, the women saw a news story about a famous man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women. Prosecutors argued using Cosby's own words, citing his 2005 deposition, where he admitted to giving Constand pills that she said gave her double vision and "rubbery" legs. Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals.

As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". They pointed to Constand's initial statement to police in 2005 that she had never been alone with him beforehand and cut off all contact afterward, both untrue. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall basketball staffer - believes it was something stronger, saying they made her overly exhausted and unable to say no to or fight his advances.

Jackson said she worked with Constand at Temple University and shared a hotel room with her during occasional trips. Constand's lawyer Dolores Troiani asked, according to the deposition transcript.

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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 behavior in response to the trauma.

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. He says it was consensual. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Both Constand, now 44, and Cosby agree the performer gave her pills on the night in question. Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him.

The defense had tried repeatedly since Cosby's December 30, 2015, arrest to have the case shut down, saying the charges were filed too late and the accusers were after money.

"I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it", she said.

The jurors in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reviewed the entertainer's account as well as that of his accuser during a long day yesterday.

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The Latest on the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby (all times local): 9 a.m. Bill Cosby has arrived for the start of Day 3 of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

Besides asking for evidence, the jurors also sought clarification from the judge about a nuance of the charges against the 79-year-old comic legend. The jury is set to reconvene after deliberating for four hours Monday night.

Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims. 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.

Constand, by contrast, testified for more than seven hours last week.

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