Cosby lawyers fighting civil suits by 10 women

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

A retrial must take place within a year, but O'Neill said he wanted it to happen within 120 days.

Cosby is not out of the woods yet, as the district attorney from Montgomery County, Penn., could choose to retry the case.

Read Camille Cosby's full statement about her husband's mistrial below.

Dunham tweeted "Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby".

For them, the public fight in court against the powerful entertainer represented a new era in the battle against sexual assault.

Jewel Allison, a New York-based artist, poet and activist who has said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, hugged Constand in the courtroom after the mistrial announcement.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".

The statement came the day after NPR broadcast an awkward interview with Cosby - awkward because Cosby did not utter one word when repeatedly asked about the charges against him. 'How do I describe the judge?

He said prosecutors felt good about the case, but "there's always tweaks". Dozens of women have come forward to say he drugged and assaulted them, though Costand's encounter with Cosby was the only one to result in criminal charges. Before the trial, a probable cause affidavit laid out her version of events, which she says occurred between mid-January and mid-February of 2004.

Cosby has denied all of the women's claims, saying that any sexual encounters were consensual. He became an in-demand product endorser, appearing in commercials for Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford.

More news: Police shoot Isil 'soldier' in Paris

Cosby broke barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s and created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

But his live performing career stalled in 2015, as multiple accusers began going public with their stories. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

And, then he sexually assaulted Constand while she was not in her senses, she told police.

And so a trial that was probably the biggest celebrity prosecution since the murder trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995 has ended without a final outcome.

In addition to thanking the jury for their "tireless efforts" - they deliberated for six days - Constand also thanked the D.A.'s office, including the judge who authorized the prosecution.

Some on social media took issue with Wyatt's victorious reaction to the mistrial. Time will tell whether prosecutors will bring another case against the famed TV comedian.

When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand".

This prompted prosecutors to reopen the case.

Although the district attorney has vowed to try the case again, Steele may have difficulty in winning an eventual conviction, according to former prosecutors and defense lawyers.

There is, of course, also the possibility that jurors might simply disagree at to the weight of the evidence in a largely "he said, she said" case with little forensic evidence (e.g., the composition of the pills), or exactly what the judge's legalistic instructions mean when applied to the facts of this case.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER