The trial marks a steep fall from grace for an entertainer known for his role as a lovable father and obstetrician on the hit TV series "The Cosby Show".
As previously reported, the jury of seven men and five women deliberated for more than 50 hours over a six-day period before ultimately telling the judge there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations". His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.
"If it turns out it was 10-to-2 for guilt, then the prosecutor would be emboldened to retry, but if it turns out that it is quite the opposite and they were voting overwhelmingly to acquit, then the prosecutor has an ethical duty to reevaluate the case, as opposed to going on the steps of the courthouse and making rash proclamations", Geragos said.
The 79-year-old pioneering black actor could face spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against 44-year-old Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.
"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations Friday night.
Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017. This was the justice system, ' the judge explained.
"We came here looking for an acquittal".
The case itself has followed a long path to prosecution. "So it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't win the next time, sometimes cases need to be retried". Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truth; Ms. Agrusa for her thorough research to bolster counsel McMonagle; to Mr. Andrew Wyatt for his unequivocal skills in public relations; to our team, who worked diligently and intelligently; to our staffs for their continuous commitment to our family and me.
Mark Geragos, a 35-year trial lawyer who has represented Winona Ryder, Kesha, Chris Brown, and other celebrities, said he was offended Steele would even announce a retrial before even knowing which way the jury was leaning.
She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".
Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light.
Celebrities took to social media Saturday to comment on the mistrial of Bill Cosby for sexual assault. It took Constand nearly a year to confide in her parents what happened, and they reported the incident to police in January 2005. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges. The incidents made her uncomfortable, but she continued to trust him because of who he was, the affidavit said.
Cosby sat at the defense table, appearing still and solemn.
When the deposition was unsealed by a federal judge two years ago, it was revealed he had previously admitted to giving young women sedatives in the past.