Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury selection

Bill Cosby pauses in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse as one of his attorneys makes a statement to the media, as they arrive for the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

The jurors selected over three days included a black woman who said she knew only "basic information" about the case, a white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police and two people who said they don't read or watch the news.

Steele also addressed the defense team's media blitz and complaints of a racially biased prosecution for the first time after jury selection ended Wednesday evening, calling it "nonsense about optics".

He said: 'I just want to be very specific about the wonderful people of Allegheny County and I also want to also thank the sheriff's department, because they made everything very very smooth here'.

"We believe this is systematic exclusion of African-Americans", he complained, lodging what's known as a Batson challenge. The DA, he charged, was "systematically excluding" blacks from the panel, making it impossible to get a "diverse jury". O'Neill will allow one other accuser to testify at Cosby's trial.

Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, did not stop to speak to reporters after the jury was selected.

Almost all of the chosen jurors said they had heard something about the criminal case, promising to remain objective in considering evidence.

All 12 jurors and six alternates have been chosen for the Pennsylvania jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

Cosby's defense team previously accused the prosecution of racial bias because it struck the addition of a second black woman to the main panel.

Legal experts have said Cosby, a pioneering entertainer who was the first African American to co-star on a network television show, would benefit from having blacks on the jury.

Apart from the 45 of 93 who said they have already formed opinions in the case, 75 said they are familiar with the state's case against the once-beloved actor and comedian.

Cosby, whose reputation as America's favorite TV dad has been irreparably sullied, has denied any wrongdoing and said every sexual encounter was consensual.

Of the 100 individuals summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse for a potential spot on the jury, 16 were people of color. Constand said she went to his home seeking career advice.

They will be transported to the Norristown area and sequestered for what is expected to be a two- or three-week trial.

Dozens of other women have come forward in recent years to accuse Cosby of similar sexual abuse, but Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges, in part because numerous other claims stretch back decades. Cosby is accused of putting some type of sedative in a drink he gave Andrea Constand to render her helpless.

Cosby was arrested December 30, 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.

Last week, Cosby suggested in a radio interview that he has been treated worse during the scandal due to racism.

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