The jurors tasked with determining the outcome of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are to continue their deliberations Tuesday morning.
The jury met for four hours Monday without reaching a decision on whether the shamed 79-year-old comic drugged and attacked Andrea Constand in 2004 at his luxury home outside Philadelphia. If convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.
After deliberating for more than four hours on Monday, the jurors asked Judge Steven O'Neill to hear excerpts from Mr Cosby's unsealed 2005 deposition to clarify the context in which the comedian describes the pills he gave her during the encounter.
He also focused on Cosby's admission that he told Constand the pills were her "friends" that would help her "relax" but did not inform her what they were.
According to the deposition, as he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". The statement said that when Constand was at the university, she had told Jackson she had not been sexually assaulted by a well-known personality but could claim she was to win money in a civil suit.
Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, also delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand's inconsistencies and those of Johnson, the other accuser who testified last week. Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her three pills that left her unable to stop the alleged sexual assault.
In closing arguments Monday, Cosby's attorneys portrayed him as a man about town, but not a criminal.
Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted Constand while she was the director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team, in 2004 in his suburban Philadelphia home.
Cosby, who based his long career on a family-friendly comedy style, did not testify. He denounced the "beat of the drum" accusations against Cosby in the media, which have snowballed since late 2014.
Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition.
Camille Cosby accompanied her husband to court Monday.
The defense closed by accusing Constand of lying about an affair with Cosby and concocting the allegations to take advantage of the wealthy, older star. In clear and firm terms, she said Cosby, a powerful Temple alum, mentored her and took an interest in her career like a father figure.
"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.
Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy bunny who says Cosby drugged and raped her 1965, said she would be thrilled with a conviction. "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".
The defense insisted Constand was a willing partner and said she hid the fact that the two had had a romantic relationship when she went to police a year after the alleged assault. Constand's lawyer says Jackson isn't being truthful.
But, as Jill Stanley-an attorney and legal analyst who has been present for the entirety of the trial-points out, the defense's case is about more than just the witnesses they call (or don't call). "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship? Why?"
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