Bill Cosby Accusers React To Mistrial Setback With Determination

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The jurors, who spent 52 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts. But as Cosby exited the courtroom, spokesman Andrew Wyatt sent a powerful message to the gathered media.

By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby's lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.

After the mistrial, Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. It creates fear among sexual assault survivors that their cases won't be taken seriously or that they won't be able to turn up enough evidence, so fewer of them report their cases.

Women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared optimistic Saturday despite their disappointment that a mistrial was declared in the criminal case against the comedian.

Jewel Allison, yet another accuser, stated outside the courthouse, as church bells tolled, "I think God is watching all of us", NBC News reported.

That's "abundantly clear in the vitriol in Camille's statement". "How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney".

Judy Huth, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15, sued in December 2014.

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Breitbart posted a video of Wyatt after the mistrial was granted and he wasted no time in taking a shot at Gloria, whom he accused of conspiring against Cosby with other lawyers. Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, the defense allowed, but the sexual encounter between Cosby and Constand had been a consensual one. 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.

"Why did the [accusers] wait so long?" asked one woman, who held a manila folder with "We 3 Bill Cosby" scrawled in Sharpie. As deliberations wore on, Cosby thanked his fans and supporters - first in a tweet, then in brief comments as he left the courthouse Friday night.

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 alleged incident almost a year later.

By Thursday morning, after almost 30 hours of discussions spanning three days, the jurors told O'Neill they were at a stalemate.

- "A jury deliberated longer in the #Cosby Case!"

The trial drew intense media attention, with more than 100 credentials issued for print, online, television and radio reporters. He said prosecutors felt good about the case, but "there's always tweaks".

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

His depositions in that case, however, were unsealed by a federal judge in 2015, revealing his admissions that he had given sedatives to young women in the 1970s and prompting prosecutors to reopen the case. He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire.