Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

Bill Cosby gestures as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

A jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before declaring itself hopelessly deadlocked. "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney". Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case".

Then, a Twitter meme campaign by the Cosby team went awry. "Society has failed [Andrea Constand] and has failed us", Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, while Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. Unlike others, Constand's case was not precluded by statutes of limitations.

The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she said in a written statement.

She also offered some advice to Steele as he prepares for to retry the case: "He better put his sweatband on because he has a lot of work to do".

"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations on Friday night.

"I just want to wish all of the fathers a happy Father's Day", Cosby said. "Mr. Cosby's power is back. It has been restored".




He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series. Dozens of other women have accused Cosby, now 79, of molesting them decades ago, and 10 have civil lawsuits pending against him. In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.

Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent almost 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom.

As talk turned to a possible retrial for Cosby, "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani asked if it were possible to find a jury not biased because of his fame. They will resume deliberations Saturday morning. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence which is the rightful way to make a sound decision. They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

"I hope that the prosecution will try this case again and that the next time the court will permit more priority bad act witnesses to testify as the prosecution had requested for this trial", Allred said. The words of women claiming that Cosby assaulted them, either in the news media or in a court of law, don't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Cosby did in fact assault them, particularly when he and his legal team are denying it.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

A mistrial means Cosby was not found either guilty or not guilty.

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