A juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial went on the record Monday, describing the tense, tearful deliberations that led to a deadlocked jury and mistrial in the case.
In an interview with “Good Morning America”, 21-year-old Bobby Dugan recalled the experience of being one of the 12 jurors responsible for coming up with verdicts in one of the biggest trials of the decade.
“The most intense moment, I think, was when there was about four people crying in the room,” Dugan said. “One was out in the hallway pacing, visibly upset.”
The jury deliberated for 52 hours over five days and still wasn’t able to reach the consensus required in any of the charges against Cosby, 79, resulting in a mistrial.
“We couldn’t really get anything down to a solid thing and that just frustrated people,” Dugan said of the process.
“I have had a regret, I guess, when we came to the final deadlock decision, and it has kind of been eating at my mind,” said Dugan one week after he and the rest of the jury were unable to come to a verdict, “like, this could have all been done with.”
Though more than 50 women have come forward in the last few years with allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them, Dugan was unsure what to believe before the trial began.
“I would say I was a fan [of Cosby],” Dugan said, but “people’s opinions and hearing their arguments” eventually changed his mind.
The key moment for Dugan came from Cosby’s own words. “When they were asking him if he would use the word ‘consent’. He said: ‘I wouldn’t use that word.’ And I was like, you pretty much said it there yourself, man.”
“Somebody brought it up inside the room, the deliberation room,” said Dugan of Cosby’s apparent admission, “and so when we went back out to hear it just, like, lit up a light bulb in my head.”
In the end, though, Dugan said the inability of the jury to come to a decision rested on whether to take Cosby’s word over those of his accuser.
“It was all ‘he said, she said’, and what it really comes down to is, who are you going to believe more, and that was all it was.”
Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, an incident that took place at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
Constand’s testimony came during the trial, which lasted six days, in which she stated that Cosby had drugged her, making her unable to stop the alleged assault. Cosby denied any wrongdoing, pleading not guilty to the felony charges.
Kevin Steele, the Pennsylvania district attorney for Montgomery County has said that he plans to retry the case.