Juror in Cosby Sexual Assault Case Says Two Jury Members Were Holdouts on Guilty Verdict
A juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case has claimed that 10 of the 12 jurors agreed the former television star was guilty, according to ABC News. The case ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.
Of the three counts against Cosby, the jury was 10 to 2 that Cosby was guilty on both digitally penetrating the accuser Andrea Constand and that the assault occurred after Cosby drugged Constand without her knowledge, and 10 to 2 to acquit that she was unconscious or unaware during the incident, according to the juror.
The juror said the two holdouts against finding Cosby guilty were “not moving, no matter what."
The juror went on to say that the number of allegations leveled against Cosby by other accusers were not factor into the deliberations of this case. “We never brought anything outside in,” the juror said. “Never. Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off.”
In an initial, non-binding poll, the jury unanimously voted not guilty on all three counts against Cosby, the juror explained. However, after over 50 hours deliberations a unanimous decision could not be reached on any of the three counts.
After the first deadlock “there was no budging and there was none from there on out,” said the juror. The juror refused to divulge how any other jurors voted, but did say tensions ran high in the room. One male juror even punched a concrete wall in the jury room, according to the juror. “I think he broke his pinky knuckle,” the juror said.
“If we kept going, there was definitely going to be a fight," the juror continued. "They had five sheriff’s deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting.”
Though the juror did not detail other jurors' decisions, the juror did offer personal reflections on the case. “I think that [Cosby] gave [the pills] to her, and then later when he saw what was up, maybe he figured, ‘Maybe I’ll do something,’” the juror said.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.