UPDATE: Bill Cosby Trial jury still deadlocked, re-hears Cosby's 2006 deposition on quaaludes

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The Latest on the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby (all times local):

6/16/2017, 12:20 p.m.

Bill Cosby is thanking his fans and supporters as a jury considers sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Cosby tweeted the message on Friday shortly after jurors asked to review his lurid testimony about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. The 79-year-old TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the purpose of giving them to women before sex.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He has said he gave Benadryl to Andrea Constand before their sexual encounter. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes

Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.

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6/16/2017, 11:15 a.m.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has listened again to the actor's statements about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s. But he says he no longer had them when he met accuser Andrea Constand in 2002 at Temple University.

Quaaludes was a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S. in 1982.

Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home in 2004. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes.

The jury is deliberating for a fifth day on Friday.

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6/16/2017, 10:25 a.m.

The jury deliberating for a fifth day in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is asking for a definition of reasonable doubt.

Jurors made the request a few minutes after resuming deliberations Friday.

The panel also asked to rehear parts of the 79-year-old comedian's deposition testimony. He gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand at his home in 2004. He says it was consensual.

Judge Steven O'Neill says defense lawyers have made at least four requests for a mistrial as the deliberations have worn on. But he says he'll let the jurors work as long as they want.

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6/16/2017, 9:20 a.m.

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have returned for a fifth day of deliberations.

They've deliberated nearly 40 hours since getting the case. The panel reported an impasse Thursday but was told by the judge to keep deliberating in hopes of reaching a verdict.

Cosby returned to the courthouse outside Philadelphia on Friday.

The 79-year-old entertainer is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He maintains that their sexual encounter was consensual.

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6/16/2017, 12:50 a.m.

A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.

Jurors will return for a fifth day of work Friday. They've been at it for nearly 40 hours since getting the case Monday.

The seven men and five women on the panel looked upbeat as they left court outside Philadelphia Thursday after Judge Steven O'Neill told them to keep working through a deadlock.

The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The charges stem from Andrea Constand's allegations that he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

6/15/17, 2:05 p.m.

Bill Cosby's accusers and supporters alike have gathered on the courthouse steps to await a verdict in his sexual assault case.

The jury said Thursday it's deadlocked on charges that Cosby drugged and violated a woman at his home in 2004.

Several of the other women who accuse Cosby of molesting them are confronting a half-dozen supporters outside the courthouse. But the atmosphere remains calm, with accusers and supporters even holding hands.

The accusers include Lili Bernard, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on "The Cosby Show" in 1992. She read a prayer before telling Cosby's supporters what she says he did to her.

The supporters are holding signs like "Free Mr. Cosby Now."

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6/15/17, 1:15 p.m.

Bill Cosby's spokesman says a jury's struggle to reach a verdict in the comedian's sexual assault trial shows it has doubts about the accuser's story.

The jury told a judge on their fourth day of deliberations Thursday that it's deadlocked. They were told to keep deliberating.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. He says their sexual encounter was consensual.

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, says the impasse shows that jurors are "conflicted about the inconsistencies" in accuser Andrea Constand's account.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, says only that the jury is "apparently working very hard" to reach agreement on the charges.

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6/15/17, 11:40 a.m.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have told a judge they're deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

The panel deliberated about 30 hours over four days before telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges.

O'Neill sent them back to the jury room to keep talking.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

His lawyer says Cosby and Andrea Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home. Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

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6/15/17, 8:50 a.m.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the fourth day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

Jurors have been debating the charges against Cosby for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday. Deliberations will resume Thursday morning.

The trial outside Philadelphia involves Cosby's sexual encounter with a woman at his home in 2004.

Accuser Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her. He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual.

The charges could put the 79-year-old entertainer in prison for the rest of his life if he's convicted.

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6/15/17, 1:45 a.m.

As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day, nerves are frayed, patience is shot and no one is certain when it will all end.

Jurors return to the deliberation room Thursday morning, but the long road to a verdict is taking a toll.

Some jurors appeared angry and even the judge has sounded exasperated at times.

The sequestered jury has been at it for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday.

They've paused a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled accuser Andrea Constand after giving her pills at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

6/13/17, 2:30 p.m.

Bill Cosby's spokesman has released a statement from a woman who says Andrea Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money.

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.

A judge blocked Jackson from testifying at the trial, ruling it would be hearsay.

Jackson says Constand once told her she'd been drugged and sexually assaulted. She says the Temple basketball director immediately recanted, then said she could make a false accusation, win a lawsuit and use the money to go to school and open a business.

Constand said on the witness stand she didn't know Jackson. Constand's lawyer says Jackson isn't being truthful.


6/13/17, 12:10 p.m.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial wants to know what "without her knowledge" means in one of the three counts they're weighing against the 79-year-old comedian.

Jurors asked about the phrasing Tuesday morning during their sixth hour of deliberations, but Judge Steven O'Neill said he couldn't define it for them.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The jury is deliberating three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals.

The panel has also been reviewing Cosby's deposition testimony. Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him.


6/13/17, 10:10 a.m

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case is drilling down on what the TV star said happened inside his suburban Philadelphia home and his relationship with the accuser.

Jurors began their second day of deliberations Tuesday by hearing more from Cosby's deposition testimony. Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Andrea Constand's civil suit against him.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The 79-year-old entertainer did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors used Cosby's decade-old deposition testimony as evidence. Cosby says he gave Constand Benadryl to help her relax, then fondled her. Prosecutors believe he gave her something stronger.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition.


6/13/17, 8:55 A.M.

Bill Cosby has arrived at the courthouse for the second day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

The 79-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He says the encounter with 44-year-old Andrea Constand was consensual.

Cosby was accompanied by his spokesman into the Montgomery County Courthouse outside Philadelphia on Tuesday. The jury is set to reconvene after deliberating for four hours Monday night. Jurors want to hear more excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave as part of Constand's civil suit against him.

Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her pills that left her unable to resist his assault. Cosby did not take the stand.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


6/13/17, 12:00 A.M.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will start its second day of deliberations by hearing more of Cosby's testimony in the accuser's related lawsuit.

Jurors will reconvene Tuesday morning after deliberating for four hours Monday night.

The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender. But the brisk story laid out by prosecutors has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia home.

Andrea Constand says she was drugged and molested. Cosby says they enjoyed a mutual "petting" session.

Constand chose to return to court for closing arguments Monday after giving more than seven hours of testimony. Cosby did not take the stand.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


6/12/17, 12:45 p.m.

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says the comedian and his primary accuser were lovers.

Cosby is on trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

His lawyers said in closing arguments Monday that he and his primary accuser, Andrea Constand, had a consensual encounter. They say Cosby is being prosecuted now because of a media firestorm after excerpts from his lurid deposition became public.

The defense says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

Constand received an unknown amount of money from a civil case she filed.

The defense offered its closing argument after presenting a single witness: a detective who reminded jurors that Constand had visited with Cosby after the encounter.

Prosecutors will give their closing argument Monday afternoon.


6/12/17, 10:30 a.m.:

The defense has rested after a single brief witness in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

The defense case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly designed to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

Jurors soon will hear closing arguments and could perhaps start deliberating Monday afternoon.


6/12/17, 10:14 A.M.

Bill Cosby says he will not testify in his own defense at his sexual assault trial.

The 79-year-old comedian told a judge Monday that he made the decision after talking it over with his lawyers.

The defense says it's calling just one witness: the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case.

Cosby says his attorneys won't call any character witnesses.

Judge Steven O'Neill shot down the defense's bid to call a second witness, a woman who worked with Constand at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.


6/12/17, 8:45 A.M.

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial.

It's the first day a family member has accompanied him to court. The couple also has four daughters.

The defense opens it case Monday. Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify. But a spokesman said last week it still was a possibility.

Last week, accuser Andrea Constand testified that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004 at his gated estate near Philadelphia.

Jurors also heard Cosby's version in the form of his police statement and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit.

The trial will move to closing arguments if no defense witnesses are called.



 
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