Bill Cosby gestures as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
Bill Cosby is a free man, for now anyway, because a jury never could agree on whether one of TV's most comforting dads drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his mansion outside Philadelphia in 2004.
Camille Cosby has issued a statement regarding husband Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after it was ruled a mistrial Saturday. "He walked out but the bars were all around him", she said. He said Constand "is entitled to a verdict in this case and the citizens of Montgomery County, where this crime occurred, are entitled to a verdict in this case".
By now, Cosby should have been taking an extended victory lap - transitioning into life as "America's Granddad", while practicing the storytelling-driven standup style he turned into an art form.
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 Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reported Constand "stood respectfully, with a strained smile on her face" as the jury filed out of the courtroom Saturday after announcing they were "hopelessly deadlocked".
"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective is.it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
The entertainer's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial.
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"How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Anything can happen in this world", Jim Carrey, who said he had Cosby's albums back in the day but who also knows from being the target of salacious claims, said on The Howard Stern Show last week. "It has been restored".
Kelly Johnson was the only other accuser allowed to testify at Cosby's trial; the prosecution had wanted to put on 13. "I'm just there to affirm what they're doing and the importance of what they're doing".
Cosby forged a special connection with children, dispensing laughs and wisdom from a cartoon junkyard in 1970s Saturday morning staple "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", and even in commercials for Jell-O. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.
She had told jurors that the comedian attacked her after drugging her with pills he said would help her to "relax" during a dinner at his house in 2004. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.
But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse.
If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. I told you that when you look over here, you'll see different things: "You'll see a great comedian, an artist, who taught us not only how to smile but how to love".
Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom was among the first to tweet after the mistrial announcement, encouraging people to continue to fight rape culture. By doing so, it "raised the question of whether some jurors are hoping to convince one or more others that any doubt they have expressed is unreasonable".