Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

A judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the names of the jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial should be made public.

While the case ended in a mistrial, district attorney Kevin Steele says that they plan on retrying Cosby with the exact same charges and hope to move the case forward quickly.

Bill Cosby's criminal defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, speaking two days after a mistrial was declared in the comedian's sexual assault case, said he is confident that if there is another trial his client will be acquitted.

Prosecutors said they intend to retry the case.

The prosecution also said they will revisit their petition to have 13 of the more than 50 Cosby accusers testify in the retrial.

Cosby himself didn't comment, remaining stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back".

The jurors had deliberated for a total of 53 hours, longer than the testimony of all witnesses combined.




The Toronto woman who Bill Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting thanked her supporters in the wake of the comic's mistrial over the weekend.

The jurors for the first trial were already hard to find and chosen from a pool in Pittsburgh rather than Philadelphia where the alleged sexual assault took place and the trial was held.

The most compelling piece of evidence for him, he told the radio station, was a phone conversation secretly recorded by the mother of Cosby's central accuser, Andrea Constand, in 2005 and played for jurors in court.

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.

"At the end of the day I truly believe you're innocent until proven guilty, and that's just not the man that I ever experienced, " the 38-year-old actress said. Media from around the world descended on Norristown and packed two courtrooms to report on the proceedings and the more than 52 hours of jury deliberations that ended when the panel declared it was hopelessly deadlocked.

"Once the risk to the integrity of the trial has dissipated, there is no legitimate reason for maintaining the anonymity of the jurors", she said. (Per Pennsylvania law, he has 120 days to do so.) It's important to note that Cosby is 79 years old, and that numerous accusations of sexual misconduct that 60 women have aired against him date back to the mid-1960s - the start of Cosby's comedy career. Because of pretrial publicity, jurors in the first trial were selected from the Pittsburgh area and bused 300 miles to suburban Philadelphia, where they were sequestered.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse. When we got there we didn't have security and people were diving on our cars.

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