In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case, Jury Makes Its Decision

 

Bill Cosby is walking out of court a free man today, as the case against him in Pennsylvania has ended in a mistrial.

The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, could not reach a unanimous verdict after six days of deliberation. The deliberations lasted longer than the trial itself.

The 79-year-old comedian was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

He was accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004. Since those accusations came to light, more than 50 other women came forward to publicly accuse Cosby of similar acts.

Cosby never took the stand during his trial, but the 44-year-old Constand did. She described being drugged by the comedian and then being assaulted by him. “In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn’t get there and I was very limp, so I wasn’t able to fight him,” she said. “I wanted it to stop.”

Testimony from an earlier civil trial in which Cosby did take the stand was read aloud to jurors. Cosby said he had given a Benadryl to Constand and that the sex was consensual.

“I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session,” he said.

The quote was one of many that painted a once-beloved family comedian in a horrific light for former fans.

Though Cosby is walking away a free man — at least for now; prosecutors have already announced they will retry the case — his career is over. He recently talked about a return to the comedy limelight, but there is nothing funny about the man or his freedom these days.

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Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents other Cosby accusers, is hoping the court will allow other “prior bad act witnesses” to testify at the next trial. “If the court allows more accusers to testify … it might make a difference. In other words, it’s too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby.”

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