Bubbles, drums and tears: Chaos outside court as Cosby jury deliberates

Bill Cosby is shown during jury deliberations in his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. on Tuesday

Bill Cosby is shown during jury deliberations in his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. on Tuesday

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told a judge Thursday they're deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004, but they were ordered to keep trying to reach a unanimous decision in a case that has already helped obliterate his career and nice-guy reputation.

The note explaining the status of the jury's deliberations was time-stamped 11:06 a.m. - minutes after the jurors passed the 30-hour mark in deliberations that began Monday afternoon and have been marked by complaints of exhaustion.

As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day, nerves are frayed, patience is shot and no one is certain when it will all end.

As the rhythmic drumming continued, Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy bunny from the 1960s who says Cosby assaulted her decades ago, danced to the music on the courthouse steps.

The former "Cosby Show" star, 79, has pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing made against him. His accuser, Andrea Constand, did not exhibit any outward emotion and left the courtroom with detective and prosecutors. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals.

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The jury's impasse has raised the level of tension surrounding Cosby's trial.

McMonagle, Agrusa and District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan did not address the media after the jury's announcement. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter.

Cosby himself has appeared nearly serene, exhibiting no outward sign of fatigue, frustration, or impatience. Constand worked for Temple University in Philadelphia, and Cosby is a Temple graduate with a home in the area.

Mr Cosby said in a 2005-06 civil deposition that he provided pills to help her relax, but said it was a cold medication. Her mother, Gianna Constand, pulled a cloth from her pocket to wipe away tears Wednesday as she listened to the testimony.

Bradford Cohen, a Florida criminal defense attorney, said lengthy deliberations are common during highly technical cases with numerous counts and defendants as well as copious amounts of evidence.

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The chants of Cosby's supporters found their way to his other alleged sexual assault survivor sitting inside the courthouse, who then went outside to talk to the supporters.

"Put them down, they're your friends".

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The jury in his sexual assault trial was instructed to keep deliberating after initially announcing they were deadlocked this morning. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified. "That's really what happens when you have a he-said-she-said case".

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.

The court reporter read back that part of her testimony.

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Outside the court, a handful of Cosby supporters quickly showed up calling for the man once adored by millions as "America's Dad" to walk free, holding up posters with slogans such as "Free Mr Cosby Now".

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