Bobby Dugan, 21, said that after 52 hours of deliberation, and four jurors in tears, it came down to lack of “evidence.”
“We all said it a million times” during deliberation, said Dugan, who counts himself among those who think Cosby is guilty. “Other evidence, more substantial evidence.”
“And what it really comes down to who you gonna believe more. That’s all it was,” he said. Cosby’s fame and public persona played into those deliberations, Dugan said.
Cosby, 79, was charged in 2015 with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania.
During the six-day trial, Constand testified Cosby gave her a drug that rendered her incapable of stopping his alleged assault, though she said she tried to resist. Cosby did not take the stand, but said in a decade-old deposition he gave Benadryl to Constand to “relax” her, and then the two had a consensual sexual encounter. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and denied wrongdoing in other accusations against him.
More than 50 women have come forward with claims Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them; Cosby has denied all allegations.