Bill Cosby trial: Judge declares mistrial after jury fails to reach verdict


Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Instead she put across a venomous attack on Steele's credibility, as well as that of Judge Steven O'Neill and the media. He is free on $1 million bail.

The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said. However, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has stated that he will retry the case.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of misconduct, but Andrea Constand's accusation was the only one that led to criminal charges.

Testimony from the Canadian officer who took the accuser's first police statement, about a year after the sexual encounter.

Jurors had deliberated for 53 hours but were unable to break a deadlock and return a unanimous verdict. Steele, in a news conference following the announcement of the mistrial, said the process will take another 120 days before the next trial can begin.

She also thanked lawyers Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, along with the their staff, as well as offering thanks "to our children, grandchildren, and other family who loves us... and to our dear friends and supporters, who never gave up on us, despite it all".

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court. She described the prosecutor as "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

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Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the alleged incident almost a year later.

The judge then declared a mistrial for the 79-year-old comedian.

Constand alleges she then became incapacitated and was led to a couch, where Cosby is alleged to have fondled her breasts, put his hands inside her trousers, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers. On Saturday morning, the judge was sent a note stating that the jury was deadlocked on all three counts.

He denied any political motivation in his handling of the Cosby case.

The driving force behind going back to court is out of respect for the GTA woman, who at the time of the alleged drugging and sexual assault in 2004 was manager of the women's basketball program at Temple University.

A decade later, another district attorney reopened the investigation after Cosby's lurid testimony about drugs and sex became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom.

"I want to get back to the laughter and enjoyment of things that I've written and things that I perform on stage", he told CNN host Michael Smerconish last month on his radio program on the SiriusXM POTUS channel.