Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

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.

Bill Cosby is a free man, for now anyway, because a jury never could agree on whether one of TV's most comforting dads drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his mansion outside Philadelphia in 2004. The current DA, Kevin Steele, promised during his election campaign to pursue charges against Cosby, and his office filed them in 2015, days before Pennsylvania's statute of limitations (SOL) for indecent assault and rape charges would set in. Cosby still faces at least four civil lawsuits from at least 10 accusers. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement said. During the course of the evening, Cosby allegedly provided Constand with wine, water and three blue pills, which she ingested at Cosby's urging. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, remained calm but appeared exhausted as the mistrial was declared.

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, released a statement on Saturday, assailing the district attorney, the judge and attorneys for women who accused Cosby of molesting them.

The news came early for those on the West coast, but reactions began coming in soon after the mistrial announcement. She says he drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan brownstone around 1990.

"It felt satisfying, gratifying, hope-inspiring, you know it felt good", Ms Bernard said.

The jury of seven men and five women, including two African Americans, deliberated for 52 hours over five days before declaring themselves "hopelessly deadlocked" on the three assault counts.

Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations. "We came here looking for an acquittal but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need", McMonagle said as he stood under the portico of the courthouse with Cosby.

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true", said John P. Schmitt, calling the allegations "decade-old" and "discredited".

Constand alleges she then became incapacitated and was led to a couch, where Cosby is alleged to have fondled her breasts, put his hands inside her trousers, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers. We wish to thank the Honorable Risa Vetri Ferman, who authorized the prosecution.

Gloria Allred, an attorney representing more than 30 Cosby accusers, welcomed the prosecutors' decision to seek a retrial.

In a written statement, Troiani thanked prosecutors for raising awareness "that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the effect the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall, and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury".