Juror: I’d convict
‘Sick’ over mistrial in Cos case
One of the six alternates in Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault trial said Monday he was “sick” that the jury couldn’t reach a verdict — and that he would have voted to convict the embattled funnyman.
Mike McCloskey, 43, was the first of the jurors — whose identities remain under a court-ordered seal — to break his silence following Saturday’s mistrial.
“I was ridiculously sick because I devoted two weeks of my life being sequestered in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which, if you’ve never been to Norristown, it’s horrible,” he griped on Pittsburgh’s “DVE Morning Show.” “We didn’t even get a decision, so it made me more sick.”
McCloskey and the five other alternates were kept separate from the 12 main jurors and did not partake in the 52 hours of deliberations.
Still, he closely weighed the evidence presented against Cosby during the six-day trial in the Montgomery County court, concluding, “I would have probably voted to convict.”
The most damning evidence, he said, was testimony from accuser Andrea Constand’s mother, Gianna, who told jurors that Cosby called her “mom” while boasting he gave her then-31-year-old daughter an orgasm.
The 79-year-old comic also admitted to Gianna that he was a “sick man” as he described their sexual encounter in graphic detail — an admission McCloskey called “ridiculously creepy.”
McCloskey sympathized with Constand.
“She has to go through it all over again,” he said. “It’s really sad for her because literally ... [there’s] nothing, really, financially to gain out of this. She’s just looking for justice, I believe.”
“You know . . . I felt like we let Andrea down,” McCloskey later told NBC.
“I felt like we could have brought justice. But unfortunately, being an alternate, I didn’t have a decision in that matter.”
He described Constand as a “very, very honest person” and said Cosby’s celebrity status didn’t have an effect on him or other jurors.
“It didn’t really come up that much that we talked about him being a big star or anything,” McCloskey said.
“I think maybe he’s passed that point where he’s not as big a star as he was to us.”
NOT IN CLEAR: Bill Cosby still faces 10 civil suits and a retrial of his sex-assault case.