A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial yesterday after a jury was "hopelessly deadlocked" on sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby, the comic legend whose legacy as a promoter of wholesome values has been tarnished by a years-long sex and drugging scandal.
Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent almost 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom.
"You can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity. It's not over yet, Mr. Cosby".
Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen Show, wrote " I BELIEVE YOU" to the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault.
"A charge is a charge", he added when asked if he would retry Cosby but with lesser charges.
The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.
The Pennsylvania court has announced a mistrial in the high profile case against actor Bill Cosby. However, when he emerged from the courtroom he raised his arm in an nearly victory stance.
Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, attended the trial for the first time on Monday. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers?
District Attorney Kevin Steele says he's disappointed jurors didn't reach a unanimous decision, but says he'll retry Cosby.
After the mistrial, Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them.
As with all of the allegations against him, Cosby has issued denials through his lawyers and remained largely silent himself.
O'Neill said after the mistrial ruling that he would attempt to set the case to continue within the next 100 days. There are two civil assault lawsuits pending as well as several defamation accusations.
Cosby's starring role as beloved dad Heathcliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show, along with years of family-friendly standup comedy routines, made him a household name.
But his live performing career stalled in 2015, as multiple accusers began going public with their stories.
Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.
Cosby's supporters and accusers stood on opposite sides of the courthouse steps Saturday morning after the ruling.
Cosby chose not to testify at the trial. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict.
"I have seen it many times in cases all over the country, and sometimes a second jury will render a different outcome than the first jury". The jury in the Philando Castile case took 27 hours.
Count 3 alleges all this happened after he gave her an intoxicant that substantially impaired her and stopped her from resisting. He said prosecutors felt good about the case, but "there's always tweaks".