NORRISTOWN, Pa. — For the second time, Bill Cosby‘s fate is in the hands of a jury.
Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged drugging and molestation of former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home.
If convicted, the aged entertainer faces up to ten years behind bars on each count.
Jurors retired Wednesday morning following 12 days of testimony, during which Constand, this time joined by five other accusers, took the stand to graphically relay what she says “America’s Dad” did to her in January 2004.
This was prosecutors’ second attempt at trying the storied comedian, who last summer cried victory when a prior pool of jurors indicated they were unable to return a verdict.
“All I need is one,” Cosby told a Post reporter and those in his inner circle during the 52 hours it took jurors to admit defeat.
Some 60 women have accused the barrier-busting comedian, best known for his endearing portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” of a myriad of drug-facilitated sexual assaults dating back as early as the 1960s.
“I was kind of, um, jolted awake, and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully,” Constand told the now-deliberating jurors, who have been sequestered since opening statements April 9. “I felt my breasts being touched. And he took my hand, and placed my hand on his penis, and masturbated himself with my hand. And I was not able to do anything about it.”
The 45-year-old former basketball player says that before the assault, she accepted three small, blue pills from Cosby, then 67, who said they would help her to “relax.”
The panel of five women and seven men Tuesday sat through nearly eight hours of embittered closing arguments from each side, where both defense attorneys and prosecutors cried “character assassination” and flung mud.
Assistant DA Kristen Feden excoriated Cosby — characterized by prosecutors as a serial sexual predator who’s manipulated his power to victimize vulnerable women for decades — for smugly laughing during her closing.
“He’s laughing like it’s funny,” Feden exploded. “There’s nothing funny about stripping a women of her capacity to consent.”
Feden also aimed her wrath at a female defense attorney Kathleen Bliss, saying she was “the exact reason why women and victims of sexual assault don’t report those crimes.”
Defense attorneys held nothing back as well, with Tom Mesereau reiterating that Constand was a “con artist” guilty of “highway robbery” for her multi-million dollar civil settlement with Cosby in 2006.
Bliss, during her portion of closings, attempted to discredit testimony by supermodel Janice Dickinson. Bliss called Dickinson, who says Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, a “failed starlet” and an “aged-out model” with no mores.
As jurors headed into the jury room to begin weighing evidence, Cosby was led down a back hallway into a nook he calls his “dressing room,” where he will await their notes and the call of the crier.
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