Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Declared a Mistrial After Jury Deadlocks

Posted June 18, 2017

The judge in the criminal case against Cosby in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on charges that Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

For now, Cosby is free on bail.

Constand was one of dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault over a decades-long time period, but hers has been the only one to result in a criminal trial.

Bill Cosby's lawyer repeatedly demanded a mistrial in his sex assault trial as five days of deliberations on the fate of the man once known as America's Dad pushed into Father's Day weekend, but the judge said there was no precedent to shut down the jury's talks. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Despite her disappointment over the outcome, Allison struck a hopeful note, saying she hoped bringing Cosby to trial would encourage other sexual assault victims to step forward.

Here's a look at the allegations that formed the basis of the charges and how they snowballed more than a decade later into lawsuits, cover stories, and a national conversation on sexual assault.

In more than a dozen notes to the judge, the jurors asked to revisit huge chunks of trial testimony, including Constand's account from the witness stand, her statements to police from 2005 and Cosby's sworn depositions taken in 2005 and 2006, when Constand filed a civil lawsuit against him.Cosby chose not to testify at the trial.

Cindra Ladd, one of the 13 who could not take the stand, issued a statement thanking Constand for "her leadership and courage".

Constand also testified that she was "jolted awake" and felt Cosby's hands groping her body.

Andy Lassner, an executive producer for the "Ellen Show" picked up 2,500 likes after posting: "To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you: I BELIEVE YOU". "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

Valentino, Kirkpatrick and Allison all accuse Cosby of drugging and raping them.

All told, the deliberations, which began on Monday, have lasted approximately 52 hours - longer than the trial testimony.

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.

District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday. Cosby showed up in court supported by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy on his well-known sitcom "The Cosby Show".

At the time director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees, she said the assault left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. He said Constand "is entitled to a verdict in this case and the citizens of Montgomery County, where this crime occurred, are entitled to a verdict in this case".

Cosby's lawyers have said he and Constand were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.

Steele declined comment on a statement from Cosby's wife, Camille, which called him "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

"Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby".