Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Gloria Allred to Bill Cosby: "Round 2 is coming"

Gloria Allred to Bill Cosby:

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.

When they came back Saturday and said, "Nah bruh, we just can't agree", the judge declared a mistrial.

In a recent interview with SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish, Cosby, 79, touched on the challenge he faces in shifting people's perceptions toward him moving forward.

Cosby's legal team have treated the mistrial as a positive and claimed the star's "legacy" had been restored. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, but the trial has focused on Constand's and another anonymous complainant's testimonies. Constand was not alone in accusing the star of sexual assault, as many as 60 women have come forward since 2014.

"We are just in awe of what she has done", Steele said of the athletic therapist, who lives and works in Toronto but was in the courtroom with her mother, who also testified.

Speaking to the result of the case, Allred said: "We should never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity".

The jury of seven men and five women had been deliberating since Monday, when attorneys for both sides gave their closing arguments.

Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent almost 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom.

The jury appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question to believe: Constand's or Cosby's.

Cosby, now legally blind, will have to endure another lawsuit; as will Constand and witnesses like Kelly Johnson, who testified for the prosecution that Cosby drugged and raped her in an L.A. hotel room in the 1990s.

Spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Saturday that "Cosby's power is back".

Camille continued to describe Cosby's accusers as "totally unethical" and the media "as blatanly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truth for the primary objective of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of human life".

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele later said he would immediately retry the case.

Cosby himself did not comment, but remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial. Cosby and Constand met while Constand was employed at Temple University as a member of the women's basketball program. Cosby faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock.

The jurors, who spent 52 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts.

Cosby has denied any wrongdoing in other accusations. It's not clear whether prosecutors will seek to retry him. The prosecution has already announced that it will file a motion for a retrial: "It's too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby". "And I want to thank the jury for their long days".

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