Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Retrial Dated For November

Danny Woods
July 9, 2017

Embattled comedian Bill Cosby is scheduled to be retried in November on charges that he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. Last Tuesday (27Jun17), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Kaplan set 30 July, 2018 as a tentative date for the first day of proceedings in a sexual assault civil trial brought against Cosby by Judy Huth, who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against The Cosby Show star in December, 2014. She was a 31-year-old operations director for the women's basketball team at Temple University, where he, then 66, was a TV icon and the school's most famous booster. The pair "developed what [Constand] believed to be a honest friendship", and Constand eventually looked to the older comedian as a mentor, according to court documents. Instead, she said, she considered him a mentor. The charges assert that he gave Andrea Constand three pills that knocked her out before he sexually assaulted her in 2004. Cosby released a statement denying the contentious chat series would take place.

Cosby and his lawyers have maintained that any interaction between the pair was consensual.

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After more than 50 hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The prosecutor charged Cosby, 79, with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging Constand and digitally penetrating her. One juror who spoke with CNN afterward said that a retrial would be a "waste of money" because "there's no new evidence". The defense also noted that Cosby and Constand have spoken over the phone dozens of times since the alleged incident, with Constand initiating the majority of those calls. This made District Attorney Kevin Steele determined to put Cosby on trial again. As a result, Steven O'Neill, the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania judge overseeing the trial, declared a mistrial.

Jurors can not disclose "arguments or comments made, or votes cast".

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