Cosby lawyers fighting civil suits by 10 women

Prosecutors said Cosby, 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

O'Neill indicated he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.

Bill Cosby talks to the news media as he leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse on May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Bill Cosby jury in his rape case may have been hopelessly deadlocked, leading to a mistrial, but social media have a shorter word for the comedian's wife: hopeless. She also thanked the attorneys and family who supported her husband. He pointed dramatically to a group of outspoken sexual assault activists in the back of the room, including Kirkpatrick.

At least one chapter of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is over. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney. The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian.

Cosby did not testify but his version of the encounter was shown to jurors in the form of a police interview he did in 2005, as well as sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during Constand's civil lawsuit.

Cosby broke barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s and created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true", said John P. Schmitt, calling the allegations "decade-old" and "discredited". 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.

Even with the lower standard of evidence in civil cases, Rodney Smolla, dean of Delaware Law School, said that plaintiffs bringing defamation claims faced a significant legal challenge.

The judge in the Bill Cosby trial declared a mistrial Saturday after the jury failed to reach a verdict in the case.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani. He is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent in his home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, in early 2004.

Still, Cosby's team believes the case is bunk, and retrying it would be unfair to the celebrity due to his failing health.

Constand did not speak to reporters, but her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said Constand was a "very spiritual person who believes everything happens for a reason". In that decision, O'Neill blocked testimony during the trial by all but one of 13 women whom prosecutors identified as past victims and wanted to call as witnesses to establish a pattern of conduct by Cosby. Cosby admitted under oath that he procured sedatives for the objective of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

He was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire. Ladd accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1969 in NY.

  • Salvatore Jensen