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Cosby Jury Asks 2 More Questions As Deliberations Continue

On Thursday, the trial jurors told trial Judge Steven O'Neill that they were deadlocked and could not come to a consensus.

Bill Cosby waves to people calling out to him as he walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

The judge rejected the call for mistrial, and instead ordered the 12-member jury to reconvene Friday and continue their deliberations until they can end the impasse and reach a decision.

But O'Neill asked the comedian on Friday whether he understood that a hung jury could also allow prosecutors to retry him.

Tensions ran high on the Montgomery County Courthouse steps Thursday afternoon after news of the deadlocked jurors broke.

Count two involves whether or not Constand could give consent: was she conscious and aware or was she incapacitated? Constand was the women's basketball team manager at Cosby's alma mater.

Cosby's lawyers sought to discredit her by pointing to discrepancies between her testimony and several statements she made to law enforcement in 2005, when she first reported the incident a year after it allegedly occurred.

A spokesman for Bill Cosby has invited a family of four supporters to meet with the comedian as he awaits a jury's verdict at his suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson.

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They had listened to Andrea Constand testify that Cosby gave her what he initially claimed were "herbal pills" to "take the edge off" - the pills turned out to be prescription sedatives - and then assaulted her while she was incapacitated. "We can only hope the judge- if they don't have a verdict right now- will release them, and say this is a deadlock".

There's also no rule on how many times the judge can send them back to deliberate again, so he may keep pushing them.

Each of the counts against Cosby carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

Victoria Valentino, who has alleged Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1970 and has been present throughout the trial, said it was "maddening" that jurors could hear Constand's testimony and still be stuck.

The judge's decision was echoed by Gloria Allred, Constand's lawyer, who snapped at Wyatt for pushing for mistrial.

The jurors have come back six different times with questions since they began deliberating.Most of their questions have been to ask for significant portions of evidence and testimony to be read back to them, including parts of Constand's testimony.

But so far, the jury said it hasn't unanimously decided whether he's guilty. He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Laura McCrystal, as news came out of the deadlocked Cosby jury, his accusers at the courthouse reacted by leaving in tears.

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