Afterward, he says the two had consensual sex inside his home. Her client in that case has accused Cosby of raping her at the Playboy mansion when she was just 15 years old.
Then, a Twitter meme campaign by the Cosby team went awry. Cosby faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Now 44, Ms. Constand says that he gave her some pills that made her "woozy" before sexually assaulting her with his fingers.
Constand herself sued Cosby in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed sum. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case", said Steele. "He sat for 12 hours a day, he went without sleep for most of this trial - I have no doubt it took a big toll on him".
Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.
For now, he walks way from court a free man, but the prosecution has already said they are pursuing a fresh trial.
However, immediately after the ruling, prosecutors were quick to announce that they will retry the case, reports CNN.
Celebrities are reacting to the news of Bill Cosby's sexual assault mistrial. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him. He still faces at least four civil lawsuits from at least 10 accusers.
Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.
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The mistrial leaves in limbo a large slice of American popular culture from Cosby's six-decade career as a comedian and actor.
His wife, Camille Cosby, issued a strongly worded statement that condemned the district attorney for bringing the case and criticized the media, which she said had "continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths".
"She admits in. texts that she did nothing: She did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family" after hearing his last breaths during a phone call, Moniz said. "I have no real recollection except later I was jolted awake", she said, going on to describe how he used his hand to violate her.
As one of the jurors in the first trial said during jury selection in this case so bereft of physical evidence, the saga boils down to a matter of "he said, she said". The judge told both prosecuting and defense attorneys that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody". "It has been restored".
Despite the zeal of prosecutor Kevin Steele, Cosby was reportedly convinced the proceedings would either end in his acquittal or a mistrial. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. And Cosby isn't the only powerful man to recently find his legacy ground into the dust over a similar dynamic. As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure.
As jurors broke for the night, he praised them for their "hard work, dedication, fidelity to your oath". O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.
By Thursday morning, after almost 30 hours of discussions spanning three days, the jurors told O'Neill they were at a stalemate. Are you surprised by this deadlock today? If many jurors refused to vote guilty only because one or two pieces of evidence were not presented by the prosecution, and those things can easily by added in any new trial, a retrial becomes more likely. McAndrews suggested that a jury pool could be drawn from the Harrisburg area of Dauphin County, or from the Scranton area of Lackawanna County.
Prosecutors said Cosby, 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. "Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney". He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire.
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