What’s next for Bill Cosby’s trial
Comedian’s sex assault case ends in mistrial
The Bill Cosby sex assault case ended in a mistrial Saturday. Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, who now lives in Toronto, at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. Dozens of other women have accused Cosby, now 79, of molesting them decades ago, and 10 have civil lawsuits pending against him. Only one was allowed to testify in the Constand case. Cosby has denied all their claims.
THE MISTRIAL Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial after the jury of seven women and men announced they were hopelessly deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberations over six days. The jury got the case Monday, and first declared itself deadlocked Thursday on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict. The charges against Cosby remain in place.
A NEW TRIAL District Attorney Kevin Steele said immediately after the mistrial that he would retry Cosby. He said Constand “is entitled to a verdict in this case and the citizens of Montgomery County, where this crime occurred, are entitled to a verdict in this case. And we will push forward.” He said prosecutors felt good about the case, but “there’s always tweaks.” ANDREA CONSTAND After the mistrial, Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. She did not comment publicly. But her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said “she’s a very spiritual person. She believes things happen for a reason.”
“She will absolutely come back again,” she said. THE OTHER ACCUSERS Kelly Johnson was the only other accuser allowed to testify at Cosby’s trial. Johnson has accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 1996. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial.