AFP | A U.S. judge declared a mistrial Saturday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case with the jury deadlocked on whether the disgraced star drugged and molested a woman in 2004, as prosecutors vowed to seek a retrial.
He was charged in relation to the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, formerly an employee of Cosby's alma mater Temple University, in 2004. The failure to reach a verdict promises to be especially frustrating to the 60-some women who have stepped forward in the last 2½ years to accuse Cosby of similar acts.
After multiple attempts for the jury to come to a verdict, the judge has made a decision to consider the Bill Cosby case a mistrial.
At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA. We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him. Heinously and exploitively ambitious.
Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges. However, as a result of the mistrial, Cosby was able to walk out of the court and resume his civilian life. At its conclusion ― after 52 hours of deliberation left a jury of 12 in a deadlock ― they reacted with both sadness and continued determination. He said he told her to tell the truth because "the truth is easy". "We wanted an acquittal, but like the Rolling Stones song says, you can't always get what you want; sometimes you get what you need".
Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial after the deadlocked jury of seven men and five women finished more than 50 hours of discussion. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict. On Friday, they asked the judge for the definition the words.
According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a "sick man" but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand.
It also sharply criticized the judge and prosecutors for pursuing the case. "Given the manner in which she was dismissed by the previous district attorney, she had no option but to file a civil suit", they said in a statement.
Mr Cosby denied those and all the other allegations against him, admitting only to being unfaithful and buying drugs like the powerful sedative Quaaludes for what he said were consensual encounters.
Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo.