Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Friday

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Friday

Outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom, the 79-year-old actor waved to cameras as he entered the building for the 10th day in the trial, where he's accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in Philadelphia in 2004. He says it was consensual. The jury said it was deadlocked earlier this week, and the defense has asked five times for O'Neill to declare a mistrial. It's also likely that jurors could be split on all three charges. Its latest request for a mistrial was Friday night.

Both Andrea and Gianna sat in the front row of the gallery on Friday, in view of the jury, as the stenographer read-back the testimony.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand at his home in 2004.

Constand was the prosecution's key witness, telling jurors that Cosby gave her three unidentified pills before taking advantage when she was disoriented to sexually assault her.

Since deliberations began on Monday, the jury has reviewed enormous chunks of testimony, prompting McMonagle to complain that it was essentially watching a replay of the trial.

Judge Steven O'Neill reads what's known as a "dynamite" charge to remind them of their duty to try to find consensus, and he tells them to keep trying. The judge told them they had to rely on their collective memory. The panel reported an impasse Thursday but was told by the judge to keep deliberating in hopes of reaching a verdict.

As they deliberated charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters.

"Question: When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you would use these Quaaludes to give to women you wanted to have sex with?" The group also requested a definition on the third count against the actor that deals with whether or not he gave her a substance "without [her] knowledge" for the main reason of "preventing resistance".

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case tested the patience of defence lawyers and even the judge on the fifth day of deliberations as it repeatedly asked to run through testimony from the TV star, his accuser and others, struggling to break a deadlock that threatens to end the trial without a verdict.

O'Neill criticized the Cosby team for what he says is a "misperception that there's a time limit" on how long deliberations can last.

If the jury cannot come to a unanimous decision about some or all of the charges, a mistrial could be declared and the Montgomery County DA's office will need to consider if they'll bring another case against Cosby.

Mr Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Ms Constand's lawsuit against him, said in 2006 he never took Quaaludes himself, preferring to keep them on hand for social situations.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Cosby stands accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, then a Temple University employee, in his Cheltenham home in January 2004.

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