Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Jury in Bill Cosby’s trial fail to reach verdict after two days of deiberations

Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial embarked on more deliberations on Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict for the second time.

The jurors in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reviewed the entertainer’s account on Monday and Tuesday, as well as that of his accuser during a long day on Tuesday. Several members of the jury of seven men and five women looked exhausted as they filed into court around 9.20pm to be dismissed for the night.

Cosby, 79, best known for his role as the dad in the 1980s hit TV family comedy The Cosby Show, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2004.

Each charge in the three-count charges against him is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, which could see the actor spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty.

Earlier in the day, the jury had asked to rehear the testimony of a police officer who was present in 2005 when Andrea Constand first reported the 2004 incident and reviewed portions of sworn depositions that Cosby gave more than a decade ago.

Constand is one of dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sex abuse, often after plying them with drugs, in a series of incidents dating to the 1960s.

The allegation by Constand, a former athletic administrator at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, is the only one not too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

Cosby has denied all the accusations.

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