Keshia Knight Pulliam will always be there for Bill Cosby

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She also slammed Wyatt for circulating the witness' statement while jurors were deliberating. Cosby, 79, pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Jurors made the request to have portions of her testimony read back to them, after deliberating about 21 hours without reaching a verdict.

The defense argues that Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Cosby claimed in a deposition, which was taken in 2005 and 2006 for a civil lawsuit that was later settled, that he gave Benadryl to Constand to help her relax and enjoy a consensual sexual encounter.

Andrea, who is now 44 years of age, gave her testimony last week saying that she was drugged by Bill and, then, penetrated by him using his fingers against her will.

Cosby admitted giving Constand drugs and then engaging in "petting" but the massage therapist said he did it without her consent. The defense also poked holes in Johnson's testimony, citing discrepancies in her recounting of the alleged incident.

But as the deliberations drag on, noted Toronto defence lawyer Monte MacGregor told the Toronto Sun the lack of a verdict suggests a stalemate in the jury room. If they tell the judge they can not, Judge Steven O'Neill is likely to ask them to try harder.

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As the deliberations continued on Wednesday, the crowd waiting outside the Montgomery County courthouse appeared to have grown, including the occasional protester and one local resident who set up a swiveling armchair on the sidewalk. But, he said, that scenario does not describe the Cosby case, which instead is "he-said-she-said".

Even if he's acquitted, Cosby's former sterling reputation as a beloved star and "America's Dad" is indelibly stained by allegations from five-dozen women that he drugged and/or raped them in similar episodes dating to the 1960s.

"A 30-year consecutive sentence would be a life sentence", she said.

"In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn't get there and I was very limp, so I wasn't able to fight him anyway", she said. A judge recently denied Cosby's motion to dismiss the case, and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018. "Once a mistrial has been declared", said Fitzpatrick, "the prosecution will have to decide whether they will retry the case before a new jury, negotiate a new plea offer or withdraw the case".

Jurors had asked to hear parts of Cosby's damaging decade-old deposition testimony about pills and sex and testimony about Constand's first police report. Things happen, but in no way is that condoning sexual assault.

Incidentally, Constand's version of what Cosby supposedly did to her while on prescription Quaaludes in 2004, as documents from a 2005 deposition between Andrea and the actor revealed, as CNN shared, mirrored that of almost 60 other women's experiences with the entertainer between 1965 and 2008, according to Rolling Stone.

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