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Cosby jury deliberations, now longer than trial, stretch into Saturday

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges
Andrew Cummings | 18 June, 2017, 01:55

"He didn't know we were seeds. We are sprouting up, we are looking for reform, uncovering the rape culture in this country where victims are blamed and shamed".

At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA.

Cosby had been accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Janice Dickinson, the model and reality TV personality, said in a November 2014 interview that Cosby sexually assaulted her after the two had dinner at Lake Tahoe in 1982.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are praising the accuser and say she's "entitled to a verdict in this case".

Cosby appeared in court at the start of the month for his first trial on charges of sexual assault.

In more than a dozen notes to the judge, the jurors asked to revisit huge chunks of trial testimony, including Constand's account from the witness stand, her statements to police from 2005 and Cosby's sworn depositions taken in 2005 and 2006, when Constand filed a civil lawsuit against him.Cosby chose not to testify at the trial. "He walked out but the bars were all around him", she said.

"How do I describe the district attorney?"

One of Bill Cosby's accuser's reacts at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. A member of the actor's press team read the scathing remarks after the mistrial. There will be a retrial. He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

A mistrial means Cosby was not found either guilty or not guilty. Prosecutors said Saturday they will seek a new trial.

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He says they must be traumatized from being targets of hate and from the deaths of two other men who also tried to intervene Friday.

Cosby has denied all of the accusations, which have shattered the reputation he built as "America's dad" while starring in the 1980s hit TV series "The Cosby Show". Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling District Attorney Kevin Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after court adjourned.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday.

At the trial, Constand was seen as a proxy for the 60 women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the comedian.

"DNA doesn't lie, doesn't fade with time, and can't be altered to anything other than what it is".

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict.

Constand was one of dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault over a decades-long time period, but hers has been the only one to result in a criminal trial. "So for all of those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class". As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure.

"We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity but justice will come", Allred said in a press conference.

Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution.

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