NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA | The Pennsylvania jurors who will decide whether to convict Bill Cosby of sexual assault reviewed the entertainer's account as well as that of his accuser on Tuesday, as their deliberations stretched past the 13-hour mark.
Prosecutors countered by saying "fancy lawyering" can't save Cosby from his own words - namely, his admission about groping Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep.
As jurors deliberated three aggravated sexual assault charges against Cosby, his publicist Andrew Wyatt read aloud a statement by Marguerite Jackson, a student adviser at Temple University who worked and was pals with alleged victim Andrea Constand around the time of the alleged 2004 assault.
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".
Cosby was back in court to await the verdict, dressed in a dark suit and tie, at Montgomery County Court in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A United States jury resumed deliberations on June 13, 2017 on whether disgraced comedy legend Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia home more than 13 years ago, after failing to reach a verdict Monday.
Constand, however, testified that she took them only after Cosby intimated they were herbal and that the drugs left her unable to resist his assault.
If convicted, Mr Cosby, 79, faces up to a decade in prison.
Nonetheless, the comedian whose storytelling artistry fueled a $400 million USA fortune went quiet Monday when he had the chance to take the stand.
In the prosecution's closing argument, Steele said that Cosby's lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand's allegations.
Legal experts said testifying would have been a risky move that could have opened the TV star to withering cross-examination about some of the 60 or so other women who have accused him of drugging or molesting them.
"Constand, 44, testified. that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with [his] fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious". They began deliberating at 5:25 p.m. on Monday and continued for about four hours into the night, and they continued deliberating at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
"You know why we're here", McMonagle said, gesturing to two Cosby accusers in the trial audience.
The attorney, who is trying to get the comedian full acquittal stressed in his closing statement that 'She said one thing yesterday, another thing today.
"She's on the phone with lawyers before she told her mom anything", he said, his voice rising regularly in agitation.
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.
As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".
"Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of her lawsuit, eventually settling the case for an undisclosed sum".
He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger - perhaps quaaludes.
The trial wrapped late Monday after the defense team's six-minute case and both sides' closing arguments.
Cosby has denied any wrongdoing in other accusations.
While Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by him, she appeared in court just once, on Monday.
"Think about that, in terms of the courage Andrea Constand has shown", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in closing arguments as Constand sat with detectives, her mother and other accusers in the front row.
This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.