Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

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AFP GETTY IMAGES NO VERDICT Bill Cosby has avoided up to 10 years in prison after a mistrial

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. "When they don't, survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth". "It's back. He has been restored", Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist said as he left the courthouse with Cosby.

For now, Cosby is free on bail. "Those of us who came forward to speak our collective truth about what he did to us owe a debt of gratitude to Andrea Constand for her leadership and courage in demanding justice", said Cindra Ladd, one of the accusers.

However, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has stated that he will retry the case.

"As the court indicted", Steele said today, "just because a verdict was not reached in one case does not mean it won't be reached the second time around". The well-known actor had been charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Constand did not appear at the news conference.

Allred, who represents 33 women in civil claims against the former Cosby Show star, spoke out outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse where a judge on Saturday declared the mistrial.

Cosby's wife of almost 50 years, Camille, was seated in the courtroom on Monday for the closing remarks, and watched as the 79-year-old comedian's lead lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, insisted that the alleged incident between Cosby and Constand was consensual and that their relationship was romantic in nature.

"The prosecution wanted to call what we call 13 "prior bad act witnesses" - in other words, other accusers", she said.

In her statement, Camille attacked the district attorney, the judge, and the media.

Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand's inconsistencies and those of Johnson.

After the mistrial, Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them.

The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women on Day 6 of the trial after closing arguments painted different pictures of what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate.

Constand's attorneys released a statement following the mistrial, thanking both the jury and the prosecutors in the case.

The comedian was reportedly stoic, devoid of emotions, as the judge declared a mistrial.

Constand was the manager of the woman's basketball team at Temple University, where the comedian was a member of the board of trustees and a major booster. Some of the other women have pursued civil cases or out-of-court settlements, but the vast majority can not pursue criminal charges because of a statute of limitations for sexual assault and rape cases.

Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations.

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