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Cosby Jury Deadlocks; Judge Orders Further Deliberations

16 June 2017

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

The jury has gone back over various accounts of the incident from both Cosby and Constand, asking that trial testimony and key documents be reread to them.

Constand tweeted a 25-second, slow-motion video of her shooting a mini basketball through a hoop attached to a cart.

Constand said the calls were just business and that Cosby, as a Temple alumnus, could help the basketball team. In clear and firm statements, she said Cosby, a powerful Temple alum, mentored her and took an interest in her career like a father figure.

Later, jurors asked to hear what Mr Cosby had told a detective about the alleged assault in 2005.

The charges have obliterated Cosby's once shimmering reputation and made the kinky comic his own punchline.

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Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. But the atmosphere remains calm, with accusers and supporters even holding hands.

Shortly afterward she began feeling dizzy and said her legs were like "jelly", Mason said. While diverse perspectives make for more thorough discussion and review of the evidence, it can also be very frustrating to jurors if other jury members are becoming more entrenched in their diverse positions instead of moving toward consensus.

But as the deliberations drag on, noted Toronto defence lawyer Monte MacGregor told the Toronto Sun the lack of a verdict suggests a stalemate in the jury room.

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

Jurors determining the fate of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial announced Thursday that they were deadlocked and can not come to a unanimous consensus, CNN reports.

For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

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As deliberations dragged into a fourth day, some jurors have appeared angry and frustrated.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives as the jury deliberates during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 14, 2017. Deliberations will resume Thursday morning.

Cosby admitted giving Constand drugs and then engaging in "petting" but the massage therapist said he did it without her consent.

District Attorney Kevin Steele told the jury these words prove Cosby knew exactly what he was doing when he allegedly gave pills to Constand, telling her they were herbal relaxants. The 79-year-old has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault - charges that could land him in jail for the rest of his life if he is found guilty.

"Each of you has a duty to consult with one another and to deliberate with a view to reaching an agreement", he said, sending them back into deliberations.

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