Bill Cosby faces retrial in sex assault case


Bill Cosby gestures as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

A recap of what happened Saturday in the Bill Cosby sex assault case, which ended in a mistrial.

Cosby has said any sexual activity was consensual. In 2006, Cosby closed a civil suit filed against him by Constand with a compensation deal, after a criminal court refused to hear her complaint.

Linda Fairstein, former head of the sex crimes unit with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, agreed that retrials are usually better for the defence.

The jury deliberated for 54 hours; longer than the trial itself. Constand is the only one of more than 60 women who have accused Cosby of assault whose case has gone to trial. That testimony - in which he admitted giving her the pills, admitted sexual contact and admitted offering to pay for Miss Constand's university fees - formed the basis of much of the prosecution case.

It says the trial has "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced". Steele, in a news conference following the announcement of the mistrial, said the process will take another 120 days before the next trial can begin.

Nearly immediately, the prosecution announced its intention to retry the comedian and former Temple trustee.

"You can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity". Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney.

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This story has been corrected to show the jury consisted of seven men and five women, not seven women. He was tried for the Constand case shortly before the statute of limitation was about to expire.

"Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", Camille, 73, said in a written statement, which was read aloud outside the courthouse by a member of Bill's PR firm. The jury was deadlocked and unable to make a unanimous verdict.

The defense side in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is declaring victory and going on the attack after jurors deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

After the mistrial was declared, Cosby and his legal team gathered outside the courtroom.

Read Camille Cosby's full statement about her husband's mistrial below. "How do I describe many, but not all, general media?"

District Attorney Kevin Steele to the court that they 'want to retry the case'. "The jurors have used their power to speak and Mr. Cosby's power is back".

Cosby himself did not comment, but remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial.

The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.