Bill Cosby's talk of quaaludes led to conviction, says juror

Cosby juror: I was convinced by comedy icon's deposition

The disgraced actor was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a Pennsylvania court on Thursday (26Apr18) for his January, 2004 attack on Constand, a former employee at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

"I think it was his deposition, really", said Harrison Snyder, 22, of Montgomery County, in an interview with ABC News. "Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them".

Five other women testified at the retrial that Cosby had drugged and molested them as well, but Snyder said they weren't a factor in his decision.

This came nearly 11 months after a mistrial at Cosby's first trial when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

That admission, which the actor made when he was facing a civil lawsuit, had also been a key piece of evidence for prosecutors in Cosby's first trial on the charges, which ended previous year with that jury unable to reach a verdict.

The paper quotes Cosby saying: "When they send me to that place, I want you to be there to tell my story because it seems no one is listening, no one wants the real story".

Cosby is awaiting sentencing from his Cheltenham home, where he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand and where he is now under house arrest. They also described the sworn testimony that the comedy icon gave as part of a lawsuit accuser Andrea Constand filed against him in 2005, which later settled for almost US$3.4 million (NZ$5 million), as particularly compelling.

Snyder said he doesn't have any doubts "at all" that the jury reached the right decision.

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Snyder told ABC that he had been unfamiliar with Cosby and the (hash) MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment before the trial because he does not watch the news and that he was not initially sure that Cosby was guilty.

"If you were there, you would say the same thing", added Snyder.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand did.

"Not once were race or the #MeToo movement ever discussed, nor did either factor in our decision", the statement read.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who presided over both the first trial and the retrial, ruled against the defense on this issue both times.

For his part, Snyder said that, before the trial, he "I didn't really even know about the #MeToo movement". He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for each count on which he was convicted.

Meanwhile, the jury forewoman released a statement to say that the verdict was based exclusively on the evidence.

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