Cosby jury begins deliberations

Jurors have begun their deliberations in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial.

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.

She tearfully told a court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, last week how the Hollywood icon molested her after giving her three blue pills at his home in Philadelphia.

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

The criminal case was reopened in 2015, after his previously-sealed testimony from the civil proceedings was made public.

Cosby himself did not testify on his behalf. It was read to them by the judge.

The jury asked to hear the context of Cosby's deposition testimony about the pills, and then resumed deliberations. They've been deliberating for two hours, and have had dinner brought in.

Constand said she was "mistaken" when she made those statements to police. She says they left her semi-conscious. A deposition in that case provided no new information about the night that Constand says Cosby assaulted her, McMonagle said. "I have three friends for you to make you relax". McMonagle told jurors that Cosby, once known as America's dad, quote, "not only taught us how to smile but taught us how to love each other".

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, completing the stunning late-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.

In Cosby's case, that means the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s.

Jurors were expected to hear closing arguments and could get the case in the afternoon.

The 79-year-old entertainer is charged with violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers. He said the encounter occurred in 1990, while Johnson insists it was 1996. Constand testified at trial that she did not know who Marguerite Jackson was.

The jury asked about the phrasing Tuesday morning, but Judge Steven O'Neill said he couldn't define it for them.

Cosby didn't testify at the six-day sex assault trial. He has said the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. Camille Cosby also sat in the front row, with a few other people and the aisle between them. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn.

Bill Cosby, with wife Camille Cosby on his side, arrive at Montgomery County Courthouse.

BILL Cosby's lawyers rattled through his rape trial defence in just SIX MINUTES yesterday.

The arguments came after the defense on Monday called just a single witness at the start of the second week of the trial. Cosby, his lawyer said, never ran from talking to police, for better or worse.

Cosby's primary accuser, Andrea Constand, received an unknown amount of money from a civil case she filed.

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the prosecution case.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, tried to sow doubt about Constand's story. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma.

The brevity of the defense case contrasted with the presentation by prosecutors, who called 12 witnesses over five days of often emotional testimony.

Cosby says his attorneys won't call any character witnesses. The jury is considering three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault; the third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals. He noted she first told police that she cut off contact with Cosby after the incident but actually called him more than 50 times over two months. The couple have four daughters.

The defence opens it case Monday.

Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of that lawsuit, eventually settling with her for an undisclosed sum. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma.

District Attorney Kevin Steele's closing arguments were businesslike and direct. The former actor was joined last Monday by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".

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