According to a member of the jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, the resultant mistrial was due to two holdout jurors who refused to budge on their belief that the once-beloved comedian was not guilty.
In an interview with ABC News, the unidentified juror (who agreed to speak out on the condition of anonymity) claimed that 10 of the jurors believed Cosby was guilty on two of the three counts with which he was charged (a charge of digitally penetrating Andrea Constand while she was unconscious, and a charge that the assault occurred after Cosby gave her drugs without her knowledge), while only one believed the comedian was guilty of a third charge, that Constand was unconscious or unaware during the incident.
On those two charges, the juror alleged, the two holdouts who believed Cosby was not guilty were “not moving, no matter what.”
According to the juror, the accusations from dozens of other women that Cosby had similarly drugged and sexually assaulted them played no rule in the jury deliberations. “We never brought anything outside in,” the juror said. “Never. Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off.”
For all intents and purposes, the deliberations ended after the jury first deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations; a further 22 hours of deliberations did not change the minds of the holdouts, the juror explained.
“There was no budging” after the first deadlock, the juror added, “and there was none from there on out.”
Meanwhile, the juror noted that tensions rose when the 12 jurors were moved to a smaller room after sheriff’s deputies discovered that reporters outside could see into the room through the window.
Within that smaller room, emotions reached the breaking point. “People couldn’t even pace,” said the juror. “They were just literally walking in circles where they were standing because they were losing their minds. People would just start crying out of nowhere, we wouldn’t even be talking about [the case] — and people would just start crying.”
In fact, the situation grew so tense that one male juror punched a concrete wall out of frustration. “I think he broke his pinky knuckle,” the juror said.
“If we kept going, there was definitely going to be a fight,” added the juror. “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.”
Without detailing the discussions that took place, the juror’s personal belief is that Constand may not have known what pills Cosby was giving her, but “she did take them, and he didn’t force them on her.”
The juror also believes that Cosby’s alleged actions weren’t premeditated, explaining: “I think that he gave [the pills] to her, and then later when he saw what was up, maybe he figured, ‘Maybe I’ll do something.’”