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Cosby jury fails to reach verdict after second day of deliberations

Cosby jury fails to reach verdict after second day of deliberations

Prosecutors say the famed comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him. She claimed she passed out, but was "jolted awake" when she felt her body being violated.

Cosby is charged sexually assaulting Constand, 44. The jury is set to reconvene after deliberating for four hours Monday night. They began deliberating at 5:25 p.m. on Monday and continued for about four hours into the night, and they continued deliberating at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, who guides the vision-impaired Cosby throughout his day, has drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood - "very confident", is a common refrain - and assertions that the 79-year-old comedian isn't getting a fair shake.

He highlighted inconsistencies from Constand, who initially gave different dates for the alleged assault and varied details about events before and after. "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it".

Constand chose to return to court for closing arguments Monday after giving more than seven hours of testimony.

Whatever the outcome, the trial marks a steep fall from grace for one of the towering figures of 20th century popular culture, adored by millions as "America's Dad" for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

In the deposition, Cosby said he gave her Benedryl, a non-prescription allergy medication as he and Constand talked in the kitchen of his home that night.

But experts say that if he is convicted, it's likely Cosby's attorneys would be able to successfully argue the charges be combined for sentencing purposes, since they cover the same encounter and conduct.

The entertainer did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors used his deposition testimony - given in 2005 and 2006 as part of Ms Constand's civil suit against him - as evidence.

"Think about that, in terms of the courage Andrea Constand has shown", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in closing arguments as Constand sat with detectives, her mother and other accusers in the front row.

Cosby maintained in his deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations, accusing her of lying.

"Three friends, I have three friends to make you relax", Steele said of the Benadryl Cosby gave Constand.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, and Constand was chief among them.

"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, get my legs to move, but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there", she said, her voice breaking.

"To send this message, we really only need one", she says.

Tuesday afternoon, the jury asked for large portions of Cosby's deposition to be read back to them.

Seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in MA, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls. She also said she was at Cosby's home following a dinner with friends and Cosby.

"Don't let her declare victim", defense lawyer Brian McMonagle implored the jury.

Another member of the chapter, Claire McCue, added, "I want to join the effort to show our appreciation for people who actually take a very courageous stance and bring their case through the justice system to let them know that we appreciate it".

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


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