Bill Cosby trial ends in mistrial on 6th day of deliberations

Bill Cosby trial ends in mistrial on 6th day of deliberations

"Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she wrote in a statement posted on Bill Cosby's Facebook page.

The jury appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question to believe: Constand's or Cosby's. Cosby has denied all their claims.

For those who grew up with Bill Cosby's comedy, feelings of sadness shouldn't be confused with sympathy in appraising a legacy that - whatever the eventual outcome of the criminal case against him, in which a jury on Saturday failed to reach a verdict - has already been forever tarnished.

Vanity Fair quoted a police affidavit that said Bill Cosby had developed a friendship with Andrea Constand before he could act upon "that interest" of sexually assaulting her. Cosby apparently behaved like a father figure and advised her on various things in life. The criminal complaint was filed in December 2015, just days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.

Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney.

The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with giving pills to Constand, former director of operations for the Temple women's basketball team, to incapacitate her before their sexual encounter.

"If you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

But the funnyman is not out of the woods yet - he still faces several civil cases from a few of the almost 60 women who came forward accusing him of sexual assault. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.

Cosby, who turns 80 next month, was subdued and seemed nearly dazed when O'Neill declared the mistrial.

Bill Cosby's sexual assault case has ended in a mistrial.

Cosby's lawyers have repeatedly urged O'Neill to declare a mistrial, given the length of the jury's debate, but the judge said on Friday he could not intervene without a fresh signal that jurors remained deadlocked on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. But Camille Cosby's criticism of him was puzzling because he issued an all-important pretrial ruling that seemed to help the defence and dealt a crushing blow to prosecutors.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

Cosby, the actor and comedian known as "America's Dad", turns 80 next month facing just that ordeal. As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure. To her, the mistrial underscored how hard it is for rape victims to get justice in the court system; she was disappointed that the defense lawyers made their case by attacking Constand's credibility.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. I also want to thank the supporters who have been here.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

"This case is about a drug-facilitated sexual assault and it doesn't matter what you look like or who you are".