Juror: Cosby's Own Words Doomed Him

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

The first member of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby last week to speak publicly said Monday that he found the comedy icon's own words to be the most damning evidence against him.

Cosby settled Constand's civil suit for almost $3.4 million in 2006, and his lawyers claimed at trial that she had framed him for the money. "Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them", Snyder said.

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 a year ago with that jury unable to reach a verdict.

Snyder, who said the case against Cosby was not open and shut, said he was unaware of #MeToo. Snyder said he believes those who think Cosby is innocent would have a different perspective if they were in the courtroom.

The investigation into Cosby was reopened in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed portions of Cosby's deposition testimony from the civil suit he settled with Constand.

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. In the testimony, Cosby described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s, with Constand, and a Temple University women's basketball administrator.

Snyder was referring to the other five witnesses that testified against Cosby along with Andrea Constand who originally filed the lawsuit.

"I don't think it really necessarily mattered that these other five women were here because he said it himself that he used these drugs for other women", he said.

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In its statement, the Cosby jury said its decision was not influenced in any way by factors other than what was seen and heard in the courtroom.

His lawyers are planning to appeal the conviction. They said race and the #MeToo movement were never discussed.

Meanwhile, the jury forewoman released a statement to say that the verdict was based exclusively on the evidence. "So, if they send me to that place, then that's what they will do and I will have to go there", Cosby told the Post.

Interestingly enough, the jurors also released an official statement and said the recent #MeToo movement was not an influencing factor as it wasn't discussed at all during the deliberation.

Ryan likened Cosby's description of a purported sexual encounter with Constand to "reading some disgusting pornography novel".

"I sat in that cell where he lived and I saw how he lived... what he had to eat to live and what he went through". He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for each count on which he was convicted.

He cited the testimony of prosecutors' first witness - Dr Barbara Ziv, an expert in sexual assault victim behaviour - as key to explaining away numerous attacks the defense lobbed at Constand for inconsistencies in the story she told police.

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