Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial after jury deadlocks

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AFP GETTY IMAGES NO VERDICT Bill Cosby has avoided up to 10 years in prison after a mistrial

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

In a statement issued jointly with her lawyers on Saturday, Constand thanked prosecutors and police who worked on her case. In other words, it's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby.

"A charge is a charge", he added when asked if he would retry Cosby but with lesser charges. She was the director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team, and Cosby was a university trustee at the time of the alleged assault.

She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. "He walked out but the bars were all around him", she said.

Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen Show, wrote " I BELIEVE YOU" to the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby has denied all of the accusations. "I AM A THRIVER!" she said in a statement.

They first informed Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but were instructed to keep trying.

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In civil lawsuits in the United States, plaintiffs need only show that the weight of evidence is on their side, meaning they have information to tip the scales above 50 percent in their favor, as opposed to criminal cases in which prosecutors must prove claims beyond a reasonable doubt.

Though the prosecution wanted to put a dozen of the others who have said he drugged and/or violated them on the stand, the judge allowed the jury to hear from only one of them. "How do I describe the District Attorney?" Unlike others, Constand's case was not precluded by statutes of limitations.

Dickinson and her attorney Lisa Bloom sued Cosby for defamation in May 2015, saying Singer's comments hurt her professionally and personally.

But the trial has irrevocably damaged his legacy as a towering figure in USA popular culture, once adored for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

In the Smerconish interview before the trial, Cosby said he would have to deal with negative public opinion no matter the verdict.

"The defamation case is this clever way of saying, If I say you raped me and you say it didn't happen, then you're defaming me by calling me a liar", he said. "Those of us who came forward to speak our collective truth about what he did to us owe a debt of gratitude to Andrea Constand for her leadership and courage in demanding justice".

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Pennsylvania law allows sentencing judges to consider uncharged conduct.

Allred represents Kelly Johnson, who accused Cosby of engaging in sexual misconduct with her in 1996, and who was the first witness called by prosecutors at Cosby's trial as a so-called "prior bad acts" witness.

"We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come".

The full context of the portion of Cosby's decade-old testimony in which he said he told Constand the pills he gave her, before their 2004 sexual encounter, were "friends". He expressed disappointment over the mistrial, praised the "extraordinary sacrifices' of the jury and said a "good outcome" of the trial was that two Cosby accusers "got to face the defendant in court".

"Rehearing testimony in this case is revictimization for everyone that's been the victim of sexual assault and rape".

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