Despite mistrial in criminal case, civil lawsuits await Cosby

Despite mistrial in criminal case, civil lawsuits await Cosby

Despite mistrial in criminal case, civil lawsuits await Cosby

A spokesman for embattled comedian Bill Cosby, who has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by dozens of women, sent a stern message to the lawyers of Cosby's accusers Saturday, including famed attorney Gloria Allred.

Allison doesn't think the mistrial is the win for Cosby that his spokesperson has declared it to be.

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.

Cosby himself didn't comment, remaining stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but Wyatt declared the star's "power is back".

The jurors, who spent 52 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts. The defense tried to block the deposition from trial, but since there was no written agreement in 2005 with then D.A. Bruce Castor not to charge Cosby, he agreed to the deposition.

And the 79-year-old comedian maintained that demeanor on the steps of the courthouse in Norristown, Penn., minutes later - when members of his team addressed the media to declare victory despite the promise of a retrial by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. Sexual assault survivors have many reasons not to report their assaults, and then some come to the decision to do so only after all forensic evidence is already gone.

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Cosby's lawyers have said he and Constand were lovers and that the encounter was consensual. Prosecutors said Saturday they will seek a new trial.

Cosby had faced spending the rest of his life in prison if he was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

In another visit he gave her a mix of pills and wine that left her feeling "frozen" and "paralyzed" as he fondled her body and placed his hand on his genitals, the affidavit said. But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. However, the trial only focused on allegations brought forth by Andrea Constand, former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire. Constand's mother also testified that Cosby called her and apologized for what he had done to Andrea. It took Constand nearly a year to confide in her parents what happened, and they reported the incident to police in January 2005. But TV networks had long since scrapped plans for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition testimony became public. Instead, a publicist read a blistering statement from his wife, Camille, who had been in court during one day of the trial but was not at the courthouse Saturday.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Heinously and exploitively ambitious. Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media?

Camille Cosby's statement continued: "Historically, people have challenged injustices". 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'.

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