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Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

17 Juin 2017

The jury has spent days reviewing large chunks of trial testimony, including both Cosby's and Constand's accounts of the night in question.

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, and in this case, Andrea Constand, a former Temple University official, accused Cosby of drugging her and sexually assaulting her in 2004. Only one was allowed to testify in the Constand case. Cosby has denied all the allegations.

On Thursday, the fourth day of deliberation, jurors told Judge Steven O'Neill they were deadlocked, but he instructed them to keep working to try and reach a unanimous decision.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. "For all those attorneys who conspired - like Gloria Allred - tell them to go back to law school and take another class", he said.

His deposition was unsealed in 2015, prompting prosecutors to reopen the criminal case.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says he will retry the case. In the call, Gianna Constand said Cosby apologized and described himself as a "sick man". "And we will push forward". "It's not romantic. It's criminal", he said when presenting the prosecution's closing remarks.

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Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday. Though Cosby declined to testify, his statements tied to the 2006 civil suit were read aloud in court by police officers. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement said. Some of the other women have pursued civil cases or out-of-court settlements, but the vast majority can not pursue criminal charges because of a statute of limitations for sexual assault and rape cases. She did not comment publicly. She said she wanted it to stop but couldn't fight it.

In his hour-and-a half closing statement, McMonagle told the jury that Cosby is a brilliant comedian who "taught us how to smile", reports CBS Philly.

"She will absolutely come back again", she said. "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced". Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career.

Cosby's starring role as beloved dad Heathcliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show made him a household name, bolstering a reputation built on years of family-friendly standup comedy routines.

Representing more than half of Cosby's known accusers, she has positioned herself as one of his leading opponents. "But justice will come".

Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial