Sunday 21 October 2018

Jury in Bill Cosby case begins considering ‘sex assault’ charges

The panel wanted guidance from the judge on what the definition of consent is.

Bill Cosby arrives at court on the day the jury started deliberating (AP)
Bill Cosby arrives at court on the day the jury started deliberating (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Jurors considering their verdicts in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case have asked their first question of the judge.

The jury returned to a suburban Philadelphia courtroom less than two hours into its deliberations to ask for the legal definition of consent.

Judge Steve O’Neill said he was not able to answer it, telling jurors they have already been given the definitions of the charges they are considering.

Prosecutors say the 80-year-old comedian drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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Bill Cosby arriving at court (Matt Rourke/AP)

His lawyers say Cosby’s encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual.

The defence says Ms Constand falsely accused Cosby so she could sue him.

Cosby paid Ms Constand nearly 3.4 million US dollars in 2006.

Cosby’s first trial ended without a verdict after jurors were deadlocked.

Ms Constand has agreed to be identified in reports of the case.

Mr Cosby gave a quick fist pump and sashayed toward people chanting “We love Bill!” as he arrived at court.

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