Despite speculation, the #MeToo movement and the witness’s testimony aren’t the main factors that led jurors to convict Bill Cosby of assault.
One juror revealed the reason.
A Juror Speaks
Harrison Snyder, 22, who is the youngest juror in the high-profile case, explained why the jury decided to convict the comedian on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Snyder made an appearance on Monday’s Good Morning America and first made it clear that it wasn’t an easy decision as the jurors deliberated for hours.
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. Instead, it was Cosby’s admission that he gave the women Quaaludes to have sex with them in a previous deposition.
“He stated that he gave these drugs to other women,” said Snyder during the interview. “He said it himself that he used drugs on other women… I don’t think it necessarily mattered that these other five women were here.”
Snyder was referring to the other five witnesses that testified against Cosby along with Andrea Constand who originally filed the lawsuit.
Sticking To Their Decision
Snyder added he was a “little too young” to know about Cosby’s legacy, which includes the iconic The Cosby Show sitcom. He said he was barely familiar with the accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women.
Snyder even said he didn’t even know what the #MeToo movement is, that it consists of celebrities coming forward and outing those who have allegedly sexually assaulted them.
The jurors added in their statement the only aspects that caused their decision were the details discussed in the courtroom. Snyder said he has received mixed reactions about the jury’s decision.
He revealed that some agree Cosby is guilty, but others have told them they are still convinced he is innocent. Snyder said he believes those who think Cosby is innocent would have a different perspective if they were in the courtroom.
While Snyder said Cosby’s deposition swayed the jury’s decision, he also said he believed Constand’s testimony. He explained that although there were inconsistencies in Constand’s testimony, Dr. Barbara Ziv, a psychiatrist who took the stand, said discrepancies are not out of the norm.
“If you were there, you would say the same thing,” added Snyder. “You would say that he’s guilty.”
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