Jury in Cosby trial will continue to deliberate despite deadlock

NORRISTOWN, Pa., June 15 (Reuters) - The jurors at comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said on Thursday they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations.

"We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts," said the jury's note to Judge Steven O'Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Jurors began discussing the charges late on Monday and worked 12-hour days on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after the fifth day of the sexual assault trail in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 12: Camille Cosby enters the courtroom for the sexual assault trial of her husband, entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by David Maialetti-Pool/Getty Images)
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the fifth day of the sexual assault trail in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 2017. For the second day the actor and comedian is accompanied by Joe Tory. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Artist Bird Milliken protests as Bill Cosby departs after the fourth day of the sexual assault trial against him, at Montgomery County Court House, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 8: Attorney Gloria Allred walks out of the courtroom during a break in the sexual assault trial of actor Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 8, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to media during a break on the fourth day of the Bill Cosby sexual Assault trial in Morristown, PA, on June 8, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby walks outside the courtroom during a break on the third day of his sexual assault trial in the Montgomery County Courthouse June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 8: Actor Bill Cosby (R) leaves the courtroom with aide Andrew Wyatt for lunch break in Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 8, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Attorney Gloria Allred arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of Cosby's sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Actor Bill Cosby departs for the day after his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Ed Hille-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of Cosby's sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Cosby Survivor Lili Bernard and supporter Carolin Heldman outside the Cosby sexual assault trial at Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 05: Criminal defense attorney Angela Agrusa arrives to the first day of Bill Cosby court trial at Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
Actor Bill Cosby departs after the first day of the sexual assault trial against him, at Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the opening day of the sexual assault trial June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Actor Bill Cosby (C) arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (R) and spokesman Andrew Wyatt for Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by David Maialetti-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 05: Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is seen leaving the first day of Bill Cosby trial on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Bill Cosby arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (R) at the Montgomery County Courthouse before the opening of the sexual assault trial June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Attorney Gloria Allred arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the start day of the sexual assault Trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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In response, O'Neill gave a standard instruction that the jurors should continue to try to reach a verdict without compromising any of their individual beliefs.

Cosby, the 79-year-old entertainer once beloved for his brand of family-friendly comedy, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University administrator Andrea Constand, then 31, at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

Constand is one of dozens of women who have accused the star of the 1980s hit TV comedy "The Cosby Show" of assaulting them, often after plying them with pills and alcohol, in a series of incidents over four decades.

Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges, with many of the others too old to allow for prosecution. Cosby has denied every claim, saying his encounters with Constand and others were consensual.

A hung jury would be a clear victory for Cosby, who would avoid what could have been years in prison for three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The jurors appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question was accurate: Constand's or Cosby's. They have spent days asking to have testimony read back, including Constand's trial testimony as well as the first report she made to police in 2005.

The jury also revisited Cosby's description of the night from sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during a civil lawsuit by Constand and a police interview he conducted in 2005. Cosby did not testify.

Defense lawyers during the trial emphasized discrepancies in Constand's statements to police in 2005 in an effort to undermine her credibility.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, used her testimony as well as the words of a second accuser, Kelly Johnson, to portray Cosby as a serial predator. Johnson told jurors Cosby sexually assaulted her in strikingly similar fashion in 1996.

In his decade-old depositions, Cosby said he gave Constand Benadryl, a common allergy drug whose side effects can include drowsiness. He called the pills her "friends" without telling her what they were, and admitted to giving other young women Quaaludes, a sedative, in the 1970s.

(Editing by Scott Malone, Jeffrey Benkoe and Jonathan Oatis)


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