Mistrial Declared In Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case, DA 'Will Retry'


Moments after the mistrial was declared, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced his plans to retry the case.

O'Neill, called the verdict "neither a vindication or a victory". Our justice system and our society at-large don't believe women.

The Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, jury, which was brought in from Pittsburgh, deliberated for multiple days - returning to the judge multiple times with questions and requests. "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".

When she awoke, she said, she found herself naked on a bed with her breast moist and with Cosby biting her toes with his trousers around his ankles.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

One of the most popular television series in history, it propelled a man raised by a maid and a US Navy cook into a life of fame and wealth.

Constand's case was opened more than a decade after the initial offense, which she reported in 2005, by a new district attorney.

"I hope that the prosecution will try this case again and that the next time the court will permit more priority bad act witnesses to testify as the prosecution had requested for this trial", Allred continued.

Steele admitted he was "disappointed" but said his team would review their case and make tweaks. "If you do, you're saying if someone is wealthy or famous, they don't deserve the same sort of justice as everybody else".

It is also a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. She became a surrogate and symbol for the others as the case sparked a national conversation about sexual consent and statutes of limitations. Constand's case was the exception.

Cosby's six-day trial marked the culmination of a scandal that eclipsed his career in recent years, as he has faced an ever-increasing number of similar sexual abuse allegations from more than 60 women dating back decades - all of which he has denied.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.

Judy Huth alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 16.

Camille went on to express gratitude to "any jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence" and her husband's legal counsel. He had addressed reporters on Friday night to thank the jury for their work and his fans for supporting him.

Jury deliberations started Monday afternoon. As the days passed, the jury repeatedly asked to rehear portions of the testimony.

Judge Steven O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.

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

As NPR's Gene Demby has written, Cosby was a black luminary who served not just as a racial and cultural ambassador to white America, but also as a financial backer of black America.