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Prosecutors Vow to Retry Cosby in Sexual Assault Case

Prosecutors Vow to Retry Cosby in Sexual Assault Case

The rape case against TV star Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial, after a Pennsylvania jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether to convict the actor for his alleged crime of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail over the three felony charges.

Andrea Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her paralyzed and unable to fight him off as he groped her breast and genitals.

Cosby's civil lawyers still are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country.

As first reported by Variety, Kevin Steele, the Montgomery County District Attorney, told journalists, "We have made the determination of moving forward, and it lies in the fact she deserves a verdict in this case ... and we will push forward to try and get justice done".

He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". Steele said he and prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan "will evaluate and review" the case.

Steele says he will retry the 79-year-old comedian on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Outside, civil lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents numerous other Cosby accusers, said the case was not over, citing the retrial possibility.

"The others on the jury might have just been not persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt, although they were leaning in that direction, or there might've been members of the jury who were arguing in favor of acquitting", she said.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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Judge Steven O'Neill refused, saying there's no precedent to halt the jury's work.

By Thursday morning, after almost 30 hours of discussions spanning three days, the jurors told O'Neill they were at a stalemate.

"We came here looking for an acquittal, but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need, '" defence lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters.

Cosby's age played a role with Constand too, she said, as he was in his 60s and she not yet 30 when they began getting to know each other.

Bill Cosby listens to his wife Camille's statement being read aloud by Ebonee M. Benson outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. Two were African-Americans. The rest were whites. "He thought he could bury us", said one, Linda Kirkpatrick.

Constand testified that the assault had occurred as she visited the home of Bill Cosby, who was a Temple trustee, when she was 30 and he was 66.

"She admits in. texts that she did nothing: She did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family" after hearing his last breaths during a phone call, Moniz said.

Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations. Cosby admitted under oath that he procured sedatives for the goal of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

It was unclear how the jury was split.

The judge declared a mistrial, and prosecutors quickly said they would press their case against Cosby in a new trial with a new jury.


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