Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Bill Cosby faces retrial in sex assault case

Bill Cosby faces retrial in sex assault case

Had he been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which allegedly took place at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago, he could have faced up to a decade in prison.

Dunham went onto send her thoughts to women effected by sexual assault stating 'My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today. "It has been restored", said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman.

"Imagine it's you being asked to defend age-old accusations - how do you defend that?" he said, adding: "Waiting so long, when people have died".

As for Cosby, she had another message for him.

McMonagle said being charged was "hard on him".

"As a very special friend once stated, 'Truth can be subdued, but not destroyed, '" she said.

So tell us what you really think, Camille.

Cosby's lawyer says he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. He described their previous encounters as "social and romantic".

The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case. The fallout was swift and devastating, with at least 50 accusers coming forward.

Cosby's alma mater, the University of MA at Amherst, cut ties with him, the first in what would become a long list of organizations to do so.

A decade later, another district attorney reopened the investigation after his lurid deposition became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.

All the while, Cosby maintained his innocence through his lawyers, who called the accusers liars and opportunists. "They are yours and yours alone", he said.

Cosby himself didn't comment. Heinously and explosively ambitions. Seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California. "This was about him and he was not going to allow them to be shields".

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents other Cosby accusers, said outside the courthouse that "we can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity" and vowed that "justice will come". It's expected that both sides will be looking for jurors who are unbiased and, no matter what they know of the case or Cosby, that they'll be able to judge based on the evidence presented in the courtroom.

Cosby was arraigned in December 2015.

BLOCK: After the mistrial was declared, Bill Cosby appeared outside the courthouse.

Mr Cosby is being sued in Los Angeles by Judy Huth, who accuses him of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15.

Under Pennsylvania law, Cosby was accused of penetrating someone with part of his body without that person's consent.

The case turned largely on the credibility of Constand, a former Temple University employee.

The jury of 12 was composed of six white men, four white women, one black woman, and one black man. Jurors were bused to Norristown from Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh, and were sequestered in a hotel.

It took 52 hours for the predominantly white jury of seven men and five women to decide that it could not decide the case. Despite the mistrial and the statements made by Cosby's spokesperson and wife, prosecutor Kevin Steele says they will retry the case. She's digging in her heels as she prepares to bring a civil case against Cosby in California as early as this month.

Masten was among the Cosby accusers who responded to CNN requests for reaction to the mistrial.

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