Cosby jury hears another reading of Constand's testimony about alleged sexual assault


Cosby jury hears another reading of Constand's testimony about alleged sexual assault

The jury deciding the 79-year-old comic's fate deliberated for a third day over whether Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand of Toronto. If convicted, he will be required to register as a sex offender. Cosby has pleaded not guilty in the Constand case, and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing made against him, as wel. A conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life. They will resume deliberations Thursday morning.

He said he was content with the "petting" and touching the two had taken part in; on one occasion, when he was kissing her breasts, she said stop and he immediately complied.

Cosby, sitting at the defense table, let out a giant yawn before the court reporter launched into the reading.

The jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the night in question, with particular focus on the pills that he gave her before the sexual encounter began. One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified that she was drugged and assaulted in 1996 as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Friday that defense lawyers have made at least four bids for a mistrial as the deliberations have worn on without a verdict.

The testimony they re-heard Wednesday is some of the most important of the case.

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The defense savaged Constand's credibility and painted their relationship as one that involved many meetings, and saw her call the star 53 times after the incident.

"You have a spokesman who is explaining to the media what a mistrial means - at least what he believes a mistrial is", O'Neill told Cosby in court.

This story has been corrected to show that jurors reviewed only a portion of Andrea Constand's testimony, not the entire transcript.

Mr. Cosby contacted his lawyers to try and reach a deal in which he'd pay for her to go to graduate school and pursue a career in sports broadcasting or another field of her choice so long as she maintained a 3.0 grade point average, Mr. Cosby said according to the police report. The district attorney's office declined to comment.

The worst-case scenario for both the defense and the prosecution would be a hung verdict or mistrial, a situation in which the jury simply can not come to an agreed-upon verdict within a reasonable amount of time.

The jurors, who appeared worn out, were dismissed by Judge Steven O'Neill around 9 p.m. and returned to their hotel. "It's different from the Jian Ghomeshi (trial) where it was judge-alone ... the jury is looking at the totality of the picture". He says the encounter was consensual.

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