Woman says Cosby accuser hatched plan to sue

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Monday

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Monday

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has been sent home after deliberating without reaching a verdict over whether the veteran entertainer drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.

Cosby's lawyers called a single witness, Cheltenham Township Police Department Sergeant Richard Schaffer, who led the 2005 investigation into allegations Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand at the comic's suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial wants to know what "without her knowledge" means in one of the three counts they're weighing against the 79-year-old comedian.

Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. She settled a 2005 civil lawsuit against Cosby for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case.

The seven-man, five-woman panel subsequently returned to the deliberation room at around 10 am (1400 GMT) at Montgomery County Court in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The jury is set to reconvene after deliberating for four hours Monday night. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Bill Cosby is an easy target, able to stand in for all the men who might have mistreated us in a distant past, and a cautionary tale to those college frat boys who might take advantage when we lie supine and drunk on the floor in the future.

The defense strategy focused on highlighting inconsistencies in Constand's past statements about the timing of the alleged assault and pointing out that she remained in contact with Cosby for weeks after the night in question. 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.

Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with her fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious. Tuesday begins the first full day of jury deliberations.

The deposition seemed to be of keen interest to the jury, which asked to review more than a dozen additional excerpts when they resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

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"I went upstairs and into my pack, broke one in half and took another half and brought them down and said to her 'Your friends, I have three friends for you to make you relax, '" Cosby said. "It's criminal", District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

The 79-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. What is she going to say tomorrow?'

Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals. His wife, Camille, attended for the first time on Monday. "I go to the area that is between permission and rejection", Cosby said.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.

Monday's closing arguments from both sides concluded after six days of testimony.

On the TV, a news story flashed about sex assault accusations against Cosby, Jackson claimed in a statement.

"I then asked Andrea if what she was saying really happened", Jackson said. Earlier in the evening, they requested to see the entire context of Cosby's testimony "where he calls the pills his friends". There is too much of everything here, too many women reciting the same story (and instead of showing consistency, I think it could signal the mob effect.) Too many people willing to pull down a man who, because he happened to say the taboo things that shamed young black men for living down to expectations, is considered a traitor to the race.

Steele described Cosby as a calculating sexual predator who not only drugged and assaulted Constand more than a decade ago, but also cruelly recast the attack as consensual and romantic.

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