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Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/14/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For all the ways the judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has streamlined the case inside the courtroom, the frenzy outside grows larger and wilder each day of jury deliberations.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. The jury has wrapped up a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. The jury has wrapped up a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The media presence, large but manageable during five days of testimony last week, has ballooned as the verdict seems near. Hotel rooms are sold out for miles. Victim advocates grow in number on the courthouse steps, and the Cosby camp's spin grows louder.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, who guides the vision-impaired Cosby throughout his day, has drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood — "very confident," is a common refrain — and assertions that the 79-year-old comedian isn't getting a fair shake.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse with Andrew Wyatt, right, during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse with Andrew Wyatt, right, during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

On Friday, he took to the steps to float the idea that Cosby might testify when the defense case opened on Monday. It never happened, but the suggestion was enough to dominate the headlines just as prosecutors were closing their case with Cosby's damaging deposition testimony.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

"Cosby's team is trying to plant seeds of doubt about this trial with his fans so they don't abandon him. They're tugging on the heart strings of nostalgia," said David La Torre, who ran Penn State's public relations during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. "Their parallel strategies make sense, given what's at stake for Mr. Cosby. He's fighting for his personal and professional lives."

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

On Tuesday, as jury deliberations stretched into a second day without signs of a verdict, Wyatt steered reporters to a former colleague of accuser Andrea Constand who said Constand had once suggested she would try to set up a famous man to get money. The judge had barred her hearsay testimony from the trial, but Wyatt made sure her statement got out.

Bill Cosby, left, walks alongside spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the end of a day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The jury will reconvene for deliberations Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, left, walks alongside spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the end of a day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The jury will reconvene for deliberations Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Constand alleges Cosby gave her three sedatives he claimed were an herbal remedy and then groped her breast and genitals while she was paralyzed and unable to fight him off. Cosby said he was in a romantic relationship with the young staffer on the women's basketball team at his alma mater, Temple University, and that the encounter was consensual.

Bill Cosby leaves at the end of a day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The jury will reconvene for deliberations Wednesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves at the end of a day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The jury will reconvene for deliberations Wednesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

"If he's found guilty, his estate would likely take an enormous financial hit that would devastate his family. That's why their approach makes practical sense, even if it makes some feel uncomfortable," La Torre said.

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Jurors appeared tired and spent when they decided to call it quits late Tuesday after about 16 hours of deliberations. They'll resume Wednesday morning.

Bill Cosby yells out, "Hey, hey, hey," as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby yells out, "Hey, hey, hey," as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The judge praised them for being remarkably conscientious as they consider three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault that could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The jury's day began Tuesday by reviewing more than a dozen passages from Cosby's decade-old deposition, including his telling Constand the pills were "three friends" to make her relax.

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Cosby left the courthouse on Wyatt's arm Tuesday night, shouting the "Fat Albert" catchphrase "hey, hey, hey" and giving a thumbs-up as he got in his SUV. He didn't comment to reporters.

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Bill Cosby's lawyers Brian McMonagle, left, and Angela Agrusa, right, take the elevator to the courtroom during Cosby's sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby's lawyers Brian McMonagle, left, and Angela Agrusa, right, take the elevator to the courtroom during Cosby's sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
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Bill Cosby, center, enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for his sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations with Andrew Wyatt in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for his sexual assault trial during the second day of jurors deliberations with Andrew Wyatt in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial.

Gianna Constand, left and her daughter Andrea Constand walk from the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Gianna Constand, left and her daughter Andrea Constand walk from the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) Bill Cosby, accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, walk to the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, walk to the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)
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