Bill Cosby Found Remains Free On $1 Million Bail

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Juror Harrison Snyder, in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, said he doesn't keep up with the news and hadn't heard of the hashtag later adopted by victims to share stories of sexual abuse and assault, following news stories about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior past year.

Snyder said that he did not think it was an open and shut case when he began, and that he barely knew anything about Cosby when the trial started.

Further, he was a role model to many African Americans, rising to popularity first as a stand-up comedian and later, as an actor, landing a starring role in the 1960s sitcom "I Spy", at a point in history when few black actors were seen on television at all, much less starring in their own series.

"I knew he was an actor, I knew he did The Cosby Show". "I knew that he did 'The Cosby Show'".

The jury was made up of seven men and five women who deliberated for 14 hours from Wednesday morning following the two-week retrial at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Snyder said that he was not necessarily set on a guilty verdict when he and the other jurors began their deliberations on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) but was quickly convinced as their discussion of the evidence began that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

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The jury's decision was only influenced by what happened in court, and Cosby's own words sealed his fate, a juror said in an interview Monday.

Accuser Andrea Constand's allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of almost a decade of dormancy by another comedian's viral joke, had coalesced into a movement of women who said he violated them, too.

Moreover, while many speculated that the #MeToo movement loomed large and perhaps swayed the jury in the Cosby trial, Snyder said he doesn't believe it played a role in the jury's decision at all. "Because he said it himself that he used these drugs on other women".

"I really only found out about after I got home", he added. "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.

The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

In addition to remaining uninfluenced by the Me Too movement, Snyder also feels that the jury didn't allow race, age, or gender to affect the outcome of the trial. He is appealing the verdict, which could potentially delay his imprisonment for months or even years.

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