Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 20, 2017

Constand, who was then an employee of Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, claims the comic gave her drugs that incapacitated her to the degree that she could not stop him from assaulting her. Judge Steven O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended on Saturday outside Philadelphia, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them.

On the opposite side of drama from Camille Cosby, more than half a dozen women who have publicly asserted that they were sexually assaulted by the comedian appeared in court as spectators during the trial to support Constand.

Cosby - who is legally blind and carries a cane - then had to endure a taxing trial, the attorney said.

So I think the reaction in Philadelphia and in Montgomery County where the trial took place is, what was going on in that closed-door deliberation period over nearly six days between those jurors?

"As I said before, about the carrying-ons, I said "listen, we don't run from the fact that this is a man who danced outside his marriage".

The trial lasted for just six days and the funnyman did not testify. Mr Cosby is appealing against a ruling allowing Ms Dickinson's case to proceed.

But the contents of those transcripts - including Cosby's admission that he had obtained drugs in the past to use with women he hoped to seduce - piqued the interest of investigators in Montgomery County, who reopened the case in 2015.

The revelations led newly elected Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele to seek charges.

The judge, meanwhile, assured the panel members - whose identities remain sealed by court order - that he appreciated their efforts throughout the two-week trial. On Thursday, after about 30 hours of deliberations, said it was deadlocked on all three counts, but O'Neill directed the panel to resume discussions and try again to reach a verdict.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation. "It's back", Wyatt told reporters outside the courthouse.

Anyway, celebrities are reacting over Cosby - who has admitted to giving young women strong sedatives before, you know - escaping justice.

Steele says his office stands "in awe" of accuser Andrea Constand and believes she deserves a verdict.

The embodiment of what a Cosby mistrial meant - and didn't mean - to many people might be Lili Bernard.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would have been to control. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him.

Television producer Andy Lassner tweeted: "To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you: I BELIEVE YOU". "Power is the ability to defy phenomenon, making it act in a desired manner", said his long-time publicist Andrew Wyatt.

Cosby previously said under oath that he got several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give to drug women before having sex with them.

Prosecutors get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

Cosby's lawyers countered by pointing out inconsistencies in Constand's story, and noted she had taken the pills willingly.

Seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.

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