The jury in the retrial of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges asked the judge for a definition of consent as it began its first day of deliberations today.
“The jury returned to a suburban Philadelphia courtroom less than two hours into its deliberations to ask for the legal definition of consent,” the AP reports. “Judge Steve O’Neill said he wasn’t able to answer it, telling jurors they’ve already been given the definitions of the charges they are considering.”
The 80-year-old former star of “The Cosby Show” is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
“His lawyers say Cosby’s encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual,” the AP notes. “The defense says Constand falsely accused Cosby so she could file suit against him. Cosby paid Constand nearly $3.4 million in 2006.”
A previous trial in the case ended with jurors deadlocked.