Celebrity reaction to the mistrial in Bill Cosby's trial

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Friday

Prosecutors have said they will retry veteran American TV star Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury.

He now faces criminal charges brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University who claims Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.

A United States judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days.

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.

Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby's legacy - so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

But McMonagle and Agrusa argued Cosby was the victim of false accusations and that the entertainer and Constand had a "romantic relationship" and consensual sexual contact during the 2004 incident.

Her case is the only criminal prosecution against Cosby out of the more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct and/or drugging.

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He remains free on $1 million bail, still charged with three counts of felony sexual assault.

"I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence, which is the rightful way to make a sound decision", she wrote. "Mr. Cosby is fortunate he is able to afford good counsel and has resources to conduct investigations". Neither the judge nor attorneys said they were aware of how the jury split on Cosby's guilt or innocence.

A mistrial result means Cosby was not found either guilty or not guilty. The judgment came after the jury failed to reach a verdict after deliberating for over 5 days (52 hours). The jurors did not mention anything about the deadlock again until Saturday when they announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and that the deadlock could not be resolved by additional deliberations.

Camille appeared with Bill during certain days of Cosby's sexual assault trial. Instead, a publicist read a blistering statement from his wife, Camille, who had been in court during one day of the trial but was not at the courthouse Saturday. In particular, according to reports, the jurors asked for the re-reading of testimony regarding Cosby's admission of having drugged women with Quaaludes ― with their knowledge, he claimed ― in a 2004 deposition.

Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said immediately after the mistrial that he would retry Cosby. "We kept running into walls trying to investigate the accusations because there's nothing left". Cosby's admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him.

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 encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier.

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