Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case scrutinizes his words

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (R) leaves Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt after jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 13, 2017.

Keshia Knight Pulliam continues to support her Bill Cosby during his sexual assault trial, saying the man portrayed by the prosecution is not the one she knows.

Addressing reporters on the Norristown courthouse steps, spokesman Andrew Wyatt read what he said was a statement from Marguerite Jackson, a Temple academic adviser, alleging that accuser Andrea Constand told her she meant to set up Cosby.

Cosby met Constand in late 2002 when he attended a basketball game at Temple University, his alma mater, in Philadelphia.

As the jurors continued their work Tuesday, Cosby's spokesman lobbed an explosive allegation - that the entertainer's trial had been rigged - in full view of the media throng. The woman says she can not recall exactly when Constand told her of the plan to falsely accuse a celebrity, only that Constand was the operations manager for the team at the time. He says it was consensual. Testifying for more than seven hours last week, Constand denied there was any romance between them and told jurors she had rebuffed his advances before the assault. In part, they pointed to Constand's initial statement to police in 2005 that she had never been alone with him beforehand and cut off all contact afterward, both untrue.

Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place.

Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims. Her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, called Jackson's claims a fabrication.

The jury's day began Tuesday by reviewing more than a dozen passages from Cosby's decade-old deposition, including his telling Constand the pills were "three friends" to make her relax. Constand's lawyer says Jackson isn't being truthful.

She settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case.

She also asked Cosby's representatives for free tickets for her and her family to see Cosby's stand-up show in Toronto in August, half a year after the alleged assault.

Judge O'Neill did not allow the woman, Marguerite Jackson, to testify during Cosby's defense, ruling her statements inadmissible as hearsay.

The judge has declined to offer the definition, leaving the jury with what they have - the charge as it is written.

"I want you to think about the courage Andrea Constand has had doing what she had to do", Steele urged the jury. The charges were lodged against Cosby on December 30, 2015, before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired. "However, it won't change the love".

Jurors will reconvene Tuesday morning after deliberating for four hours Monday night.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For all the ways the judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has streamlined the case inside the courtroom, the frenzy outside grows larger and wilder each day of jury deliberations.

While Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by him, she has largely stayed away from court and his celebrity friends have mostly deserted him. But the brisk story laid out by prosecutors has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia home. Later on, Cosby contradicts himself, describing the same encounter: "We go in on sofa and there's necking and petting".

  • Zachary Reyes