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Jury to deliberate second day in Cosby sexual assault trial

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Stacy Diaz | 29 June, 2017, 09:03

Bill Cosby flashed a thumbs-up sign as he arrived for the second full day of marathon deliberations by the jury in his sexual assault trial.

A United States jury will resume deliberations Tuesday on whether disgraced comedy legend Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia home more than 13 years ago, after failing to reach a verdict Monday.

The disgraced comedian is now awaiting a final verdict as a 12-person jury deliberates on whether he will be found guilty of three counts of criminal indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who claims she was sexually molested by Cosby in 2004.

The longer the jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial deliberates, the more speculation grows that they might be deadlocked, area attorneys say.

Since Constand's accusations went public in 2015, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and assaulting them over the decades.

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.

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.

The question was the jury's first request to review Constand's statements after earlier questions focused on Cosby's 2005 and 2006 sworn statements taken in a civil lawsuit Constand filed in federal court against him.

Jury to deliberate second day in Cosby sexual assault trial

Constand testified the pills, which she said Cosby suggested were herbal, left her disoriented and unable to resist him.

Allred said she hoped a decision would come soon because later in the week she was set to testify before Congress on sexual-assault statute of limitation laws. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

The defense argues that Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand, 44. Cosby says they enjoyed a mutual "petting" session.

He said he was attracted to Ms. Constand the first time he met her and the two discussed her personal life, including a makeover and how her "butt" looked. The charges were lodged against Cosby on December 30, 2015, before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.

Ms Jackson stood by her account, saying in a phone interview that Cosby's lawyers were "going to say whatever they need to say". Hollywood litigator Pierce O'Donnell highlights the fact that this is the 21st century's biggest celebrity criminal trial and may even be bigger than the O.J. Simpson trial, telling Deadline, "Bill Cosby's criminal trial is the celebrity criminal trial of the new 21st century".

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on Cosby's famous sitcom, has accompanied the 79-year-old comedian to court over the last week. The actress' conversation on Today regarding the Bill Cosby rape trial can be viewed below.

As they pored over Cosby's words, the jurors appeared to struggle with some language in one of the charges against him, "without her knowledge".