Jurors continue deliberating in Bill Cosby trial

Jury deciding comic actor Bill Cosby’s fate continue deliberating in Norristown, Penn.

The 79-year-old entertainer did not testify, as he indicated during a radio interview on the eve of jury selection.

“When you have to deal with examination, cross examination, (there’s) more than two sides to every story. Sometimes it’s four or five,” he told Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish in an expansive, often meandering conversation during which he offered few succinct answers. “I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer.”

Seven men and five women are deliberating after six days of testimony. This post from a local television reporter as of 8:32 p.m. Tuesday indicated they were still at it:

The deliberations have now ended for the day.

The defense called just one witness, and Cosby’s attorneys have portrayed the 2004 incident with Andrea Constand as a consensual, romantic liaison. She testified Cosby drugged her and assaulted her while she was incapacitated.

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The case has some Atlanta connections.

Cosby’s “television daughter,” Atlanta actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, walked in with him into a Pennsylvania courthouse one day last week. “Thank you to Cliff and Claire’s 4 year old daughter (Rudy) and the Brilliant Spelman Alumnus,” Cosby’s verified Twitter account posted following the day’s proceedings. That was followed by a three-hashtag post saying simply, “#TheCosbyShow, #KeishaKnightPulliam (sic) and #CameToCourtToHearTheTruth.”

Pulliam, now a mom herself, played little Rudy on “The Cosby Show” as a child.

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Spelman severed its ties with Cosby in 2015 as allegations of assault began piling up, the AJC’s Ariel Hart reported.

Like Pulliam, two of Cosby’s daughters attended Spelman, and Cosby and his wife Camille donated $20 million in the late 1980’s – the largest ever personal gift to a historically black college or university at the time. It helped fund a new academic center housing state-of-the art classrooms, labs and a fine arts museum; as well as the endowed professorship.

Spelman canceled a professorship Cosby and returned the money.

Pulliam’s television brother Malcolm-Jamal Warner, known as Theo Huxtable on the popular sitcom, has been more muted in his response.

“I think what was more difficult was to separate the headlines from the headlines. The media paints a certain picture that if you don’t do due diligence and actually spend time looking through the stories that are being told, you are just going on what you’re being spoon-fed,” he said during a 2016 interview with Extra.  “I’m neither defending him nor throwing him under the bus, I’m looking at the media’s role and how the media forms public opinion.”

During an appearance on “The Real” last year, he complained that Cosby’s legal woes were having an economic ripple effect on him.

“It’s literally taking money out of my pocket,” Warner said, as “Cosby Show” reruns had been yanked off the air. “It personally affects me.”

Atlanta-based Bounce TV has since returned the reruns to its programming.

 

 

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