The jury in comedian  sexual assault case is deadlocked, with the jurors saying they are unable to reach a decision.

Jurors informed Judge Steven O’Neill they were yet to form a verdict after more than 30 hours of deliberation. Mr Cosby’s defence are said to have quickly moved for a mistrial.

The judge ordered jurors out of the court and back to deliberations to try and come to a unamimous verdict.

The seven men and five women of the jury have been sequestered near the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Courthouse for the better part of two weeks, hearing arguments for the guilt or innocence of the comedian once known as “America’s Dad”.

Mr Cosby is accused of , the former head of women’s basketball coach at Temple University, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. The 79-year-old has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault – charges that could land him in jail for the rest of his life if he is found guilty. Mr Cosby denies the charges.

Lawyers for Ms Constand argued last week that Mr Cosby drugged and molested her after a private dinner at his residence. The defence has claimed the two were in a romantic relationship, and the encounter was consensual.

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Over four days of deliberation, the jury has requested to re-hear testimony five different time. In one instance, they wanted to hear the portion of Ms Constand’s testimony in which she described feeling and slurring her words after taking the pills Mr Cosby gave her on the night in question. She said he later helped her to his couch and began groping and penetrating her with his hands. 

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Later, jurors asked to hear what Mr Cosby had told a detective about the alleged assault in 2005. Mr Cosby’s did not testify in his trial, meaning jurors must rely on this interview and a 2005 deposition to hear the comedian’s versions of events straight from the source.

Jurors for the case were selected from neighbouring Allegheny County, for fear that a district attorney’s race in Montgomery County would sway residents’ opinions. As a result, jurors have spent the last 10 days in a courthouse 300 miles from home, barred from watching TV, reading the news, or discussing the case with their family and friends.

A spokesman for Mr Cosby called the deadlock a “win” for his client.

“This deadlock shows the not guilty Mr. Cosby has been saying this entire time,” he told the The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck.

“Deadlock is a deadlock,” the spokesman added. “We can call it a win. When the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavs, that was a win. A win is a win”


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