Reaction To Cosby Case
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 9:10
Bill Cosby speaks with members of the media as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.
The trial jury was not able to come to a unanimous, or even majority, decision regarding the case involving the alleged victim, Andrea Constand.
"Mr Cosby's power is back".
Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. "One of the challenges that we face in this type of case is the time period that has gone. I hope that the prosecution will try this case again". In it, Cosby admitted to obtaining sedatives to use with women he wanted to have sex with, and contended the sexual encounter he had with Constand was consensual.
Prosecutors have said they will retry veteran American TV star Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury.
In a statement read aloud by one of Cosby's aides, his wife, Camille, who attended only a couple of hours of the trial, took aim at the prosecutors and the judge.
Bill Cosby arrives at court with fellow Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam at the beginning of the trial. Instead, Steele was allowed to call just one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, to testify that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in a Los Angeles hotel in 1996. "Do whatever you need to feel whole".
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele later said he would immediately retry the case.
Star Trek's George Takei said "communities are losing faith in the justice system and that "injustice and corruption are destroying us".
"Our plan is to move this case forward as soon as possible", Steele said, adding that another year added to the age of the case would not be a burden.
However Gloria Allred, who represents many of Cosby's accusers, said: "We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity".
The comedian's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then molested her.
The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.
Cosby said in that decade-old testimony that he had given Constand a non-prescription allergy medication, Benadryl, to relax her because she said she was stressed.
Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and lacked physical evidence.
Prior to the court case, Ms Constand had been barred from sharing her story in public due to a confidential settlement reached with Mr Cosby in 2006. The 79-year-old TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women before sex.