Bill Cosby sex-assault trial

  • Bill Cosby sex-assault trial

Bill Cosby sex-assault trial

In addition to proving that Cosby assaulted them, Smolla said, they would have to establish that he said something about them beyond denying the allegations, such as calling them known liars or promiscuous.

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.

Camille was not present at the courthouse Saturday morning, when the judge declared a mistrial after a jury said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

But the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania, said it would retry the case, Efe news reported.

The Pennsylvania court has announced a mistrial in the high profile case against actor Bill Cosby. In that case, prosecutors would have the option of seeking to retry Cosby before a new jury. The famous phrase is the signature of his cartoon character Fat Albert.

Ruehli said Cosby has ruined his life and his reputation as well as his wife's. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby's decade-old deposition testimony about quaaludes. We have to use that, otherwise we will continue to have Bill Cosby's and Chris Brown's get away with hitting, drugging and raping women.

Steele instead emphasized his intention to pursue a retrial for the case and said Andrea Constand "indicated" she would be willing to return to the stand to testify.

Asked later whether he believes Saturday's mistrial represents a victory for Cosby, spokesman Andrew Wyatt said: "I do".

Constand's story led another woman to step forward, telling the Today show that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the 1970s.

When they came back Saturday and said, "Nah bruh, we just can't agree", the judge declared a mistrial. It says the trial has "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced".

A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account. "She spent a lot more time trying to forget what happened than trying to remember that night". Cosby said in a later deposition that she did not stop him. He still faces several civil lawsuits from at least 10 accusers.

Outside the courtroom, standing at the top of the main steps, Cosby's publicist read a statement from Camille Cosby - Bill Cosby's wife - criticizing the judge, prosecution and attorneys of Cosby's other accusers for their conduct through the trial.

Constand returned to her parents' home in Canada three months later.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this frightful thing".

"Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment". Given the manner in which she was dismissed by the previous district attorney, she had no option but to file a civil suit.