Cosby spokesman: Deadlock shows jury has doubts


A jury deliberating Bill Cosby's sex assault trial has told the judge they are deadlocked on day four of their deliberations.

"We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", O'Neill read. Some jurors looked defeated as the judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

Judge Steven O'Neill overruled it, instructing the jury to return to deliberations.

The jury requested to hear another passage, this one including troubling details about Cosby's notion of consent. In tears, Bernard told one man what Cosby did to her, then approached a line of people carrying signs expressing support for Cosby.

McMonagle, Agrusa and District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan did not address the media after the jury's announcement. After 31 hours of deliberations, jurors said they were deadlocked.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the fourth day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

Ms Constand, who was an administrator at Philadelphia's Temple University where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees, says she was drugged and sexually assaulted during a 2004 visit to the comic's home to seek career advice.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges - insisting their sexual contact was consensual - and has denied similar allegations from more than 60 women.

Cosby's lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner.

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"It was very depressing".

Reporters rushed outside to file the news and I think it's the first time I've had an elderly lady try and shoulder barge me as she rushed to be first to tweet.

The trial, which could end with Cosby spending the rest of his life in prison, has often been called the most high-profile and divisive celebrity case since O.J. Simpson's trial in 1994.

Cosby's spokesman Wyatt invited a family of four supporters to meet with the comedian inside the courthouse Thursday night.

"I'm fine with (the deadlock) as long as it leads to an acquittal", said Black, adding he believed the trial was "a sham". Here it is, people don't have healthcare, we have homelessness, we have schools crumbling and we keep having these ridiculous trials for no apparent reason. "Mr. Cosby should not be here today". "Let's let that elder gentleman go home".

Prosecutors reopened the investigation in July 2015 after Cosby's deposition connected to a 2005 civil suit Constand filed against him was unsealed by a judge.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

The jury, bused in from the Pittsburgh area, has paused a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.

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.