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Bill Cosby's Court Case Mistrial: Full Story & Must-See Details
November 19 2017, 12:57 | Frederick Owens
Judge declares mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case
The case has already helped replace the public's image of him as kindly, paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom, with that of an accused serial predator.
Effectively, however, the mistrial immediately came to represent a victory-even if a temporary one-for Cosby. His attorneys have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.
Outside the courthouse, Cosby stood with head bowed as his publicist and attorneys made statements over shouted questions from waiting media. Judy Huth, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15, sued in December 2014. There comes a point when you realize that turning the page is the best feeling in the world. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she states. A member of the actor's press team read the scathing remarks after the mistrial.
And so that's a failing on us as a society - that we don't have a culture in which a woman or man would come forward and make allegations that would be believed by local law enforcement, that will be believed by families, that will be believed by significant others, that will be believed in a court of law. There will be a retrial.
Before the trial, Cosby told CNN's Michael Smerconish that he wants to return to comedy and activism.
Several trustees in the weeks leading up to his departure spoke out in support of Cosby, noting he had never been convicted.
That's "abundantly clear in the vitriol in Camille's statement".
"I know the side that I'm on and the side that I'm hoping for, and after that, there's more work to be done", he said. "That might be real justice".
Heidi Thomas praised Constand's "courage and willingness to go back into the maelstrom of this crime".
Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.
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. "Justice will come", said well-known civil rights and celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who attended the trial each day and often stepped to a podium outside the courthouse to address the media.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this awful thing".
Thursday night, as the jury deliberated, Allred had just finished mugging the press about Cosby's indiscretions when one of his many female accusers, Lilly Bernard, jumped to a podium bristling with microphones to say she wanted to remind the press, "Rapists always lie". With the gloomy backdrop, Allred went first, saying "We can not underestimate the blinding power of celebrity".
But by the end of that year, at least 20 women had accused Cosby of sexual assault and he had resigned from Temple's board of trustees, a position he had held since 1982.