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

Cosby jury back Saturday

He says it was consensual.

"I assume when you became jurors you were not looking for celebrity or financial gain", O'Neill told them.

Following the mistrial declaration, Bill Cosby remained silent, relying on his publicists and attorneys to speak for him. Judy Huth says she was molested at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

District attorney Kevin Steele, who prosecuted the case, said he will retry the case but that Cosby remains free on bail until a new trial date is set, ideally within 120 days.

Cosby's wife of almost 50 years, Camille, was seated in the courtroom on Monday for the closing remarks, and watched as the 79-year-old comedian's lead lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, insisted that the alleged incident between Cosby and Constand was consensual and that their relationship was romantic in nature. Cosby was charged with sexually assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

Steele declined comment on a statement from Cosby's wife, Camille, which called him "heinously and exploitively ambitious". Two days in, the jury told the judge there were in a deadlock but the judge ordered the jury to continue deliberations.

Allred, who represents other Cosby accusers, said, "It's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby". Cosby's civil case is expected to start sometime this summer in Los Angeles.

"How do I describe the judge?"

The statement was read outside the Norristown, Pa. courthouse, where the jury declared themselves "hopelessly deadlocked" after 52 hours of deliberation in the case of accuser Andrea Constand.

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The jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the night in question, with particular focus on the pills that he gave her before the sexual encounter began. She alleged that Cosby then made sexual contact without her consent.

If the jury can not break its impasse, the judge would have to declare a mistrial.

Constand previously sued Cosby in civil court in 2005, a case that ended with her receiving an undisclosed cash settlement.

Each of the three counts carries a standard sentence range of five to 10 years in prison. In the deposition, which was released in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille - in the courtroom for the first time Monday in the 6-day trial - was stoic during the defense argument.

Prosecutors announced they will retry the case.

"Back then their livelihoods, their reputations, everything was on the line because they were helpless to do anything about it because they were smack up against this power".

But lawyers for the man once known as America's Dad say they've had enough.

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