The charges against Bill Cosby and their potential sentences

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Following the declaration of a mistrial in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial, his wife, Camille Cosby, issued a fiery statement on Saturday slamming the judge, prosecutors and the media.

Prosecutors vowed to try again, declaring the woman who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004 is "entitled to a verdict".

Cosby has been accused of of assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion, an allegation that could have seen the 79-year-old spend the rest of his life in prison.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele stated that they will retry the case.

Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby. After six days of deliberation, the jury announced that it had reached a dead-block in the case against the famous comedian accused of sexually assaulting two women. They told Judge Steven O'Neill on the fourth day that they could not reach a unanimous verdict.

"The vitriol in it to me was over the top considering that (more than 50) accusers came forward and Cosby was not found innocent".

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

"This is a case about drug-fuelled sexual assault", he continued.

This story has been corrected to show that an associate of Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby's spokesman, read Camille Cosby's statement, not Wyatt himself.

Constand's case was opened more than a decade after the initial offense, which she reported in 2005, by a new district attorney.

She also offered some advice to Steele as he prepares for to retry the case: "He better put his sweatband on because he has a lot of work to do".

Five women and seven men spent nearly three days pondering if giving someone sleeping pills and then fondling and putting their hand inside the other person's vagina constituted sexual assault. She said she began to feel woozy and her vision blurred.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Constand alleges she then became incapacitated and was led to a couch, where Cosby is alleged to have fondled her breasts, put his hands inside her trousers, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers.

The mistrial declared Saturday underscored a wider struggle to reconcile the disconnect between prosecutors' depiction of Cosby as a sexual predator and his long run as one of our most beloved entertainers.

Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday. However, the trial only focused on allegations brought forth by Andrea Constand, former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team.

Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career.

When they came back Saturday and said, "Nah bruh, we just can't agree", the judge declared a mistrial. That so many reports of wrongdoing netted only one criminal case against Cosby shows just how badly these laws need to be changed.

She alleged that Cosby gave her three blue pills to help her deal with stress.

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