Judge Declares Mistrial in Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict.
Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday. It says the trial has “given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced.”
Constand accuses the 79-year-old entertainer of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. He says it was consensual.
The judge declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on the charges after six days.
Prosecutors say they plan to try Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.
Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.
Prosecutors praised the accuser and say she’s “entitled to a verdict in this case.”
District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday.
Steele says he’s disappointed the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.
He declined comment on a statement from Cosby’s wife, Camille, which called him “heinously and exploitively ambitious.”
The jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before declaring itself hopelessly deadlocked.
Constand did not appear at the news conference.
The defense, meantime, is declaring victory and going on the attack.
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Saturday that “Cosby’s power is back.”