Two holdout jurors prevented comedian Bill Cosby from being found guilty on two of three counts in his sexual assault trial and deliberations were so tense that jurors burst into tears, a jury member told ABC News in a report yesterday. The juror said that the allegations made by other women were not a factor in the deliberation room.
"On the third count, that the alleged assault occurred after Cosby gave Constand drugs or intoxicants without her knowledge, substantially impairing her for the goal of preventing her resistance, the jury was deadlocked at 10 to two, in favor of a guilty verdict, according to the juror".
According to ABC, that juror says 10 of the 12 jurors agreed Cosby was guilty on two counts.
The juror, who spoke with ABC News on the condition that they not be identified, said the the two jurors against Cosby's guilt on counts one and three were "not moving, no matter what".
A member of the Bill Cosby sexual assault and drugging jury is speaking out about the Bill Cosby verdict, and it seems as though two jurors in particular were the reason a conviction could not be reached.
In an exclusive interview with Channel 11's Aaron Martin, the juror said the votes were 7-5 or 5-7 for most of the deliberations.
Cosby is facing a second trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. A family member of one of the jurors, Robert Dugan, answered the phone but said that he had "left for the night" and did not wish to speak after the long ordeal.
However, yesterday, the judge ordered the public release of the jurors' names, granting a request by a media organizations who claimed that the release of such information would help in transparency in judicial processes.
A mistrial was declared in the case, with the jury deadlocked after about 52 hours of deliberations.
CNN has tried to reach most of the jurors but has not gotten responses from them.
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The jury continued deliberations to attempt to come to a unanimous decision but ultimately gave up hope of every getting out of the deadlock situation.
Abrams believes that the conditions in which the jurors deliberated could allow the defense to file a motion seeking to avoid a retrial. The judge presiding over Cosby's trial released the names of the 12 jurors and six alternates in the case on Wednesday.
One of the jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told a reporter that the comedian had "already paid a price and suffered". "People would just start crying out of nowhere", the juror said.
Following the release of name, a juror who was contacted by ABC shared what went on inside the cramped room.
The judge cited the media's First Amendment rights and Supreme Court precedent in ordering the release of the names.