Thirty hours into their deliberations and the jurors presiding over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial are deadlocked.
“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 on Thursday.
Judge O’Neill told them to get back to work and try to reach a verdict.
Cosby, 79, is on the stand for sexually assaulting and drugging Temple University administrator Andrea Constand, then 31, at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
She is one of dozens who have come forward to accuse the star of assault.
If the jury remains hopelessly conflicted, it would be a victory for the former TV dad and spare him a possible jail sentence.
We’ve all heard the accusations…they are pretty hard to deny. But I can add a story to the mix which you can take however you like. I once dated a young woman back in the late ’80s. She was helping to pay for school by working at Macy’s. She was a few years older than me, maybe about 21 or so. It was Thanksgiving time and she was on a team of store employees designated to help prepare for the parade. Shortly before the big day, she came to me in shock and told me that Bill Cosby had made unwanted sexual advances on her. She told me that she had been assigned to assist him, as he was going to be on a float or making an appearance…I can’t remember the details. What I do remember is what she says he did…stick his tongue down her throat and violently grab her breasts. At the time I didn’t believe it. After, all this was the Cos…it was the Cosby decade! I was a fan of the man, he was a comic legend. I brushed it off as a fabrication…I was very young and immature. I thought she might have been trying to impress me in some way. Still, I never forgot it. Of course, now I believe her, as I do the women that have come forward. It’s depressing, every time I hear his name I think of her…and I feel ashamed.