Bill Cosby became one of history’s most controversial figures after being accused of drugging and assaulting more than 60 women over the last few decades. It appears, there’s been another bump in the road for the ongoing trial.
The jurors were ordered to completely restart their deliberations after possibly being only minutes away from reaching a verdict. According to Radar Online, following two days of deliberation, on Friday, June 18th, the jury had agreed on eight out of nine questions needed to reach their decision on whether or not the disgraced former sitcom star had assaulted a then-teenaged Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s.
However, before they could finish, Judge Craig Karlan let the jurors know they would need to start over on Monday, June 20th. The incident occurred in part because the judge previously promised a member of the jury they could leave after Friday’s deliberations due to a prior commitment. Deputies then arrived at the Santa Monica Courthouse at 4:30 P.M., telling them that the courthouse was required to be closed at that time with no exceptions because overtime for the deputies had not been allotted in the budget.
Unfortunately, this meant that the judge would either have to require the dismissed juror to return on Monday, or they would need to start over deliberations with an alternate juror. This comes shortly after Cosby’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean moved for a mistrial when a juror was photographed standing near one of The Cosby Show actor’s accusers Lily Bernard where she was seated in the courtroom audience.
Earlier this month, Bill reportedly tried to avoid attending the trial citing Covid and other health issues as an excuse. Meanwhile, jury deliberation is scheduled to start over again on Monday, June 20. We will be on the lookout for more updates. Stay tuned to Thirsty.
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