A mistrial has been declared by a judge in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury was deadlocked for the second time.Despite having spent more than 50 hours in deliberations, the seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Bill Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual. The US comedian could face new proceedings.
In the meantime, Cosby walks away from the court as a free man. Mr. Cosby could have faced up to a decade in prison if he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Cosby showed no immediate reaction. After the mistrial was declared, he stood up and seemed to be distressed as he spoke to his spokesman. He then sat back down. He left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.
The jury confirmed to Judge Steven O'Neill that they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether “The Cosby Show” star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The number of women who claim that Cosby assaulted them is triggers thoughts of suspicion of the old fact that females have always deployed against their male counterparts. Thereafter alleging to have been sexually assaulted.
However, the statutes of limitation rules led Cosby to be tried for Ms. Constand's allegation only. The Pennsylvania judge announced the decision as he reminded Mr. Cosby that he remains charged and on bail, despite the mistrial.