'It's Painful': Cosby Accusers React to Mistrial

Rosalie Stanley
Июня 18, 2017

Following the declaration of a mistrial in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial, his wife, Camille Cosby, issued a fiery statement on Saturday slamming the judge, prosecutors and the media.

It was a stunning development - and a momentary victory - for the 79-year-old pioneering black entertainer who had risked spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted of assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion.

Count 1 alleges that Cosby didn't have consent when he penetrated Constand's genitals with his fingers.

Eden Tirl, a former actress who accuses Cosby of assaulting her in a dressing room while she worked on the Cosby Show, told NBC News: "This was also so much bigger than these 60 women".

The 12-man panel had been unable to determine if the actor was guilty or not, after 52 hours of deliberations.

Jurors returned to court on Saturday after more than 50 hours of deliberations, telling the judge that they remained "hopelessly deadlocked" on all counts with no expectation that a verdict could be reached by further deliberations.

Jewel Allison, yet another accuser, stated outside the courthouse, as church bells tolled, "I think God is watching all of us", NBC News reported. Back then, she was manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University - where Cosby was a major booster and member of the board of trustees.

Olivia Wilde retweeted justice writer Shaun King, who said, "How will our justice system sensibly hold ANY men accountable for sexual assault when the President of the United States gets away with it?"

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, expressed hope that a retrial will result in a conviction.

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Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters that the trial's outcome had "restored" his client's legacy.

She also offered some advice to Steele as he prepares for to retry the case: "He better put his sweatband on because he has a lot of work to do".

"It's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby", she said.

"When there are only two people involved there is always a 'he said, she said" element - so who are you going to believe?

It was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. On Friday, they asked the judge for the definition the words.

More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition, including the "friends" comment and his acknowledgment that he'd gone "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a previous encounter with Constand. That so many reports of wrongdoing netted only one criminal case against Cosby shows just how badly these laws need to be changed.

A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record.

Allison doesn't think the mistrial is the win for Cosby that his spokesperson has declared it to be.

Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was always going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and due to a lack of physical evidence. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", Camille Cosby said in the statement.

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