Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again

After a mistrial was declared in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, a member of Cosby's public relations team read a heated statement from the comedian's wife, Camille Cosby. He is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent in his home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, in early 2004. The jurors - five women and seven men - were unable to come to a unanimous decision in a courtroom battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past. Only one was allowed to testify in the Constand case. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier. Cosby was arrested on charges he assaulted Constand in 2016. She has stood by his claims of innocence from the beginning of the case.

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He also said he gave Ms Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine benadryl, although prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. A judge declared a mistrial Saturday. In the statement, which Bill Cosby later tweeted, she attacked Judge O'Neill, describing him as "overtly arrogant" and accusing him of "collaborating with the district attorney". "If the case is retried, know that I will once again put them to the test".

Camille, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial. She did not comment publicly. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". "She believes things happen for a reason". But Allred, who represents Kirkpatrick and 32 other accusers, said she hopes he will reconsider. "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced".

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Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution. Johnson alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996. She also criticized the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.

Cindra Ladd, one of the 13 who could not take the stand, issued a statement thanking Constand for "her leadership and courage". "I t's important for the jury to be informed that there are more accusers, and if those accusers allege same or similar facts", she said. Ladd accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1969 in NY.

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