NEWS

Bill Cosby Jury Deadlocked, Mistrial Declared

Truth rating: 10
Bill Cosby Guilty Sexual Assault

By Andrew Shuster |

Bill Cosby Guilty Sexual Assault

(Getty Images)

The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case was deadlocked after more than five days of deliberating, sending it into a mistrial. Prosecutors immediately said they will re-try the comedian for allegedly molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand more than a decade ago. A new trial date will be announced. The decision came on Saturday, five days after the defense rested its case.

As Gossip Cop reported, Cosby’s sexual assault trial began on June 5 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Constand accused the 79-year-old comedian of drugging her with “three blue pills” at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, and then touching her breasts and vagina without consent as she lay “paralyzed,” in her words. Cosby denied the allegations, but a jury has found him guilty. He had been accused by more than 50 women of similar assaults, but this was the only criminal case allowed to be brought against him to date.

During the first five days of the trial, prosecutors called 12 witnesses to the stand, including another woman who accused Cosby of sexually molesting her. On the final day, however, Cosby’s attorneys spent just six minutes questioning a single police witness before resting. The officer’s testimony was simply about the existence of a police report in the investigation against the comedian.

Constand initially filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2005, at which time the comedian admitted in a deposition to having a sexual encounter with her, though he insisted it was consensual. During that deposition, however, Cosby acknowledged he had given other women Quaaludes in the past before having sex with them. The more than a decade old deposition was now read to the jurors during the trial, but Cosby never took the stand to testify in his own defense.

During deliberations, Cosby’s former co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam appeared on the “Today” show to discuss supporting him. The jurors indicated on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but the judge urged them to keep trying to agree on a verdict. They ultimately debated the three charges for more than 50 hours, but were unable to come to a decision.

Cosby’s lawyer had previously asked for a mistrial on more than one occasion, but it was not granted until Saturday morning. Hours before, after the jury ended its deliberations on Friday night, Cosby thanked supporters as he left court. With a second trial now to come, he remains free on bail. A statement from Cosby’s wife Camille is delivered in the video below. Gossip Cop will have updates.

 


  1. Gossip Cop
  2. Mediaite
  3. LawNewz
  4. The Mary Sue