The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case says they are almost ready to come to a decision.
The jurors said they had decided most, but not all, of the issues brought up in a lawsuit by a woman who says Mr. Cosby molested her in 1975. They will continue to talk about the case on Monday.
On Friday, the jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial were close to coming to a decision. However, they weren’t sure how to handle some of the remaining questions, so the judge told them to come back on Monday to continue their work.
Before the end of the second day of deliberations in the courthouse in Santa Monica, California, Craig D. Karlan, the judge, said that most of the questions on the verdict sheet that the jurors were asked to vote on had been answered. But the jury’s decisions on these questions, like whether Mr. Cosby should pay Judy Huth damages for molesting her when she was 16 in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, were not talked about.
The judge said that one of the 12 jurors who sat through the two days of deliberations needs to be excused. On Monday, an alternate will join the panel, and the jurors will have to think about most of the issues again.
“Unfortunately, you’ll have to start over,” Judge Karlan told the man.
It’s not clear, though, if adding a new juror will make a big difference in the discussions, since only nine of the 12 jurors need to agree on a verdict for it to be made.
Mr. Cosby, who is 84, has said that he and Ms. Huth did not have a sexual encounter. He hasn’t been to the trial and hasn’t testified because he used his Fifth Amendment right, but the jury saw and heard him say in a videotaped deposition that he didn’t remember ever meeting Ms. Huth.
But a friend of Ms. Huth took two pictures of Mr. Cosby and Ms. Huth at the mansion, and those pictures have been used as proof.
On Thursday, the jurors were given a verdict sheet with nine questions that they had to answer one by one in order to help them come to a decision and decide if there should be any damages.
They had asked the judge to explain a few of the questions, including whether Mr. Cosby was “motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in Ms. Huth, a minor.”
During 10 days of testimony, Ms. Huth told the jury that she and a friend met Mr. Cosby in 1975 in a park in San Marino, California, where he was filming “Let’s Do It Again.”
She and her friend, Donna Samuelson, both said that Mr. Cosby had invited them to his tennis club and then to the house where he was staying. There, he gave them alcohol and got them to drive him to the Playboy Mansion.
In her testimony, Ms. Huth, who is 64 years old, said that Mr. Cosby had forced her to do a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion. Lawyers for Mr. Cosby have said that Ms. Huth’s story is “a complete and utter lie.”