Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Juror: Two holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby trial

The judge released their names Wednesday but warned them not to disclose any votes cast by fellow jurors or anything said or done in the jury room that would indicate another juror's opinion.

The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NBC affiliate WPXI that votes on whether Cosby was guilty of sexual assault were either 7-5 or 5-7, describing it as a "true deadlock".

It took 52 hours of deliberations before the Allegheny County jury deciding Bill Cosby's case realized they were deadlocked.

The juror told The Associated Press that the panel was nearly evenly split in its deliberations, with a similar number of jurors wanting to convict the 79-year-old entertainer as acquit him on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

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He also implied that Constand had not been truthful on the stand, saying that she was "well-coached". He added that people don't know enough about what constitutes an allegation of sexual assault.

The juror who spoke to ABC said tensions were high as deliberations wore on in a cramped back room at a century-old courthouse outside Philadelphia.

The accuser, Andrea Constand, testified that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers after giving her pills that left her woozy and unable to tell him to stop.

According to a member of the jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the resultant mistrial was due to two holdout jurors who refused to budge on their belief that the once-beloved comedian was not guilty. "Paid and suffered", the juror said.

Jurors initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror said.

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ABC published its interview after Judge Steven O'Neill ordered the public release of the jurors' names, granting a request by a dozen media organizations, including AP and the major TV networks. Cosby has said his encounter with Constand was consensual. Prosecutors plan to put Cosby on trial again.

Meanwhile, Michael Marchetti, who served as Juror 10, told The Post that he and the rest of the panel were none too happy that one of their colleagues spoke out Wednesday night. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

"I was shocked there was a mistrial", the juror, who did not wish to be identified, told Inside Edition. "They had five sheriff's deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting".

The juror characterized the deliberations as tense. He said the panel was typically more evenly split. A third count, which specifically alleged that Constand was unconscious during the assault, had only one holdout for acquittal.

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District Attorney Kevin Steele already has said that he will retry Cosby, and O'Neill said he wants that to happen within four months.

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