Bill Cosby Jury Ends 3rd Day of Deliberations With No Verdict

Jurors asked Wednesday to hear testimony about “petting” and pills

Jurors deciding the fate of Bill Cosby ended their third day — and 26th hour — of deliberations Wednesday, with no sign that a verdict is near in his sexual assault trial.

But jurors did offer the outside world some hints at the nature of their deliberations: Following a dinner break, they asked to hear back an hour’s worth of testimony from Cheltenham Township Police Department Sergeant Richard Schaffer, who interviewed Cosby in 2005 about Andrea Costand’s contention that he drugged and raped her in January 2004. 

In the interview, Cosby told police he and Constand had a consensual romantic relationship that involved multiple instances of “petting” and touching of private parts. Cosby also told police about the night Constand says he drugged and assaulted her, saying he gave her pills to help her relax and they engaged in a consensual sexual act. She testified that the pills made her legs feel “rubbery,” that Cosby had touched her genitals and that she “wasn’t able to fight in any way.”

The interview also detailed phone calls Cosby had with Andrea’s mother, Gianna. He told Gianna Constand he would mail her the name of the pills he gave Andrea on the night she said he drugged and molested her in 2004. 

Cosby later said the pills were the decongestant Benadryl, though he has said he gave other women Quaaludes, years before the situation with Costand, with their knowledge.