A judge in Pennsylvania has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby rape case, after a jury deliberated for 52 hours but failed to reach an agreement on whether or not the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.
Prosecutors say that they will retry Cosby, who is still facing three charges of aggravated indecent assault. The alleged 2004 incident was the only one to result in a criminal trial, as other accusations against him were too old to prosecute.
Dozens of women have made allegations of rape against the former star of The Cosby Show, and many attended the court this week waiting for the verdict t be handed down, wearing buttons that read ‘We Stand in Truth.’
Though the troubled entertainer faces a number of civil suits, this mistrial, the result of a “hopelessly deadlocked” jury, means that he is no longer facing the immediate prospect of 10 years in prison.
His team appeared relieved after the mistrial was handed down, with a representative reading a statement from his 73-year-old wife Camille, who said:
“How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitatively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truth for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life. Historically, people have challenged injustices. 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. Ultimately, that is the manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies. As a very special friend once stated, ‘Truth can be subdued, but not destroyed.'”
The jury ultimately could not reach a decision as to whose version of events to believe – Cosby’s, or that of his accuser Andrea Constand – and spent days asking to have testimony and statements read back to them.
Prosecutor Kevin Steele told media he will retry the case.
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