Bill Cosby faces retrial in sex assault case

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial on Saturday by a judge.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

"She's entitled to a verdict in this case", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference.

Less than 48 hours later, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts. "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney".

Free on a $1 million bail, Cosby - who says he is legally blind - hung his head and made no comment before leaving the court in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, escorted by his representatives. "This was about Andrea Constand and inconsistencies in her story".

Constand is ready to go to trial again, said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani. Prosecutors have said they plan to re-try the case.

'She is a positive person and has kept all of us going while waiting for the jury to come back, ' Steele said.

Lawyers for Constand released their own statement Saturday afternoon, thanking the district attorney's office and "the many police officers and detectives who worked on this case".

While walking out of the courthouse Saturday, Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt praised what happened Saturday, adding that "Mr. Cosby's power is back".

Ms Constand, who was then 31, said he had offered her unidentified pills one night that left unable to stop his advances.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, expressed hope that a retrial will result in a conviction.

He claimed that he gave Constand tablets of Benadryl, but prosecutors claimed that the comedian gave her a stronger substance.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand". Cosby's trial ended without a verdict.

But the reputation of Cosby, known as America's Dad for his role on the television series, The Cosby Show, remains in tatters after a slew of sexual assault allegations from about 60 women.

Prosecutors get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

TAYLOR: Unfortunately, while I am disappointed, I am not surprised that you could not find 12 jurors based on the facts and evidence in this case who would convict Bill Cosby of rape.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse.

McMonagle objected in court to the panel's repeated requests to review testimony, saying it suggested some jurors were trying to coerce other jurors in an attempt to bring an end to the deadlock.



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