For Bill Cosby, 2nd sex assault trial ahead

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault - penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant without the subject's knowledge.

Cosby's team declared victory, however temporary.

He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". "I t isn't about Bill Cosby for me", she said.

District Attorney Kevin Steele holds a news conference after a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial.

Cosby himself didn't comment.

Cosby's accuser described in court how he gave her pills then sexually assaulted her as she lay paralysed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge Thursday they were at impasse. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

Two women jurors who appeared to be in their 30s or 40s looked anguished when they announced the final deadlock, wiping away tears with tissues handed to them by a sympathetic young man sitting between them. "Do they want to save Cosby, or do what the first jury couldn't do, which was convict him?" "How do I describe the judge?"

"If you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

The next day, as the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the Bill Cosby sex assault case, Andrea Constand might be reminded of one old saying: "Justice delayed is justice denied".

The defense has said Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

"I have been greatly concerned for his health, I don't know if I can survive what he survived this week", Cosby's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, told CNN.

"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".

He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series.

When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand".

He said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

Jewel Allison, a New York-based artist, poet and activist who has said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, hugged Constand in the courtroom after the mistrial announcement. Cosby's accomplishments as a comedian and TV star are near unique, in part because of the time in which he achieved them and the nature of his appeal.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.

Constand, then 31, met the married Cosby 15 years ago through her job as an administrator with the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, where Cosby was a trustee and the school's most renowned alumnus.

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