Sexual assault case against Bill Cosby ends in mistrial

Mr Cosby, 79, was tried for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. But prosecutors immediately said they would seek a second trial, which O'Neill suggested could start within four months.

Three of the questions were requests to review what Cosby said and another two were about the testimony of his accuser, Andrea Constand. "It has been restored", Wyatt said.

District Attorney Kevin Steele holds a news conference after a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.

"I was jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts under my shirt", she testified last week.

Outside the courthouse, as Cosby stood silently behind them, members of his team criticised the case against him.

After the judge declared a mistrial, prosecutors announced they would retry the case.

'How do I describe the district attorney? "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", Cosby's statement began.

"How do I describe the counsels for the accusers?" Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney'. He also thanked those who have been a great support for him, CNN reported.

Paul Callan, who represented the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil case against her ex-husband, former football star O.J. Simpson, after he was found not guilty of her murder, said courts are much stricter in excluding evidence in criminal cases because a conviction could lead to incarceration.

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"It's simply inappropriate at this time", O'Neill said. And Steele on Sunday denied a media report that Cosby had ever been offered a plea deal.

Cosby's starring role as beloved dad Heathcliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show" made him a household name, bolstering a reputation built on years of family-friendly standup comedy routines. He became an in-demand product endorser, appearing in commercials for Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford.

Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier.

But it was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him.

Cosby chose not to testify at the trial.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse.

In recent years, Cosby admitted to decades of philandering and to giving Quaaludes to women to induce them to have sex.

Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges. Callan noted the defense will soon be able to access a full transcript of all the prosecution witness testimony to try to highlight inconsistencies.

The prosecution said they were pursuing a fresh trial.

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