Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Two have brought claims against the 79-year-old entertainer for sexual assault.

Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set.

Cosby's wife of almost 50 years, Camille, was seated in the courtroom on Monday for the closing remarks, and watched as the 79-year-old comedian's lead lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, insisted that the alleged incident between Cosby and Constand was consensual and that their relationship was romantic in nature.

"How do I describe the district attorney?"

Smolla said the outcome of any civil case would depend on how jurors behave in terms of how seriously they take the case, how they relate to one another and how they deal with holdout jurors.

The trial centered around Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, who claimed she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby in January 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says his office will retry Cosby.

Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand's inconsistencies and those of Johnson.

It was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. She said that she hoped prosecutors tried the case again and that the court permits more accusers as witnesses.

"When you dance outside your marriage, you have to pay the band", McMonagle said, calling attention to Cosby's infidelities.

Cosby was accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Constand was composed on the stand under a fierce barrage of cross-examination from the defense, which sought to portray their relationship as consensual, and Cosby's accuser as a liar.

The statement also sharply criticized the judge and prosecutors for pursuing the case.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Jurors had deliberated for 53 hours but were unable to break a deadlock and return a unanimous verdict.

As the mistrial was declared, Cosby sat at the defense table with his chin held high, a flat, blank look on his face.

Gianna Constand told the jury that Cosby and her daughter had been close, and that he betrayed her.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court. The defense frequently emphasized Camille's presence in the courtroom to solidify the infidelity narrative to the jury, with McMonagle directly apologizing to Camille at one point as he reviewed a decade-old testimony in which her husband talked about "petting" with Constand. On Friday, he tweeted thanks to his "fans and supporters".

In the deposition, released in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.

In the deposition, the I Spy star stated that he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl before the touching began. Each charge carries a possible 10-year sentence.

The bit went viral, and suddenly Cosby's alleged assaults were back in the news.

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