Bill Cosby's attorney says he is worried about entertainer's health
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 17:47
Prosecutors have already stated they will retry the case that accused the TV icon of drugging and rapping Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. A judge recently denied Cosby's motion to dismiss the Goins case and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018. As Cosby awaits a verdict in his sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, the comedian's civil lawyers are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country.
Several of the women have continuing cases in which they have sued Cosby for slander after his representatives suggested that their accounts were fabrications.
Defense attorneys had pushed to select a jury from another county because of intense pretrial publicity in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where District Attorney Kevin Steele, during his 2015 election campaign, had been critical of one of his predecessors for not prosecuting Cosby. The judge instructed them to keep working, but despite marathon 12-hour sessions, the jury said on Saturday it was at an impasse.
"He assisted me over to the couch and just said, 'Relax, just lay down here, you need to relax, '" she testified. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.
Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go.
Constand's accusations are not isolated - scores more women have publicly alleged that the star drugged and sexually assaulted them over the past 40 years. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me", he said. Cosby stared silently ahead, motionless, as each juror said yes when asked by the judge whether their deadlock would not be resolved by further deliberations.
Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.
Women bringing civil cases would also likely find it easier to introduce testimony from other accusers to support claims that Cosby engaged in a pattern of assault, said Douglas Wigdor, a plaintiffs' attorney who represents clients in sexual harassment cases.
"I have been greatly concerned for his health, I don't know if I can survive what he survived this week", he said.
Even as his attorney demanded a mistrial, Cosby himself thanked jurors for "their long days" and "their honest work, individually". "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney", said the statement. Heinously and exploitatively ambitious. So I think the reaction in Philadelphia and in Montgomery County where the trial took place is, what was going on in that closed-door deliberation period over nearly six days between those jurors?
She said that she hoped prosecutors tried the case again and that the court permits more accusers as witnesses.
Cosby's lawyer says he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. In a moment, we'll hear about reaction to the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of a man whose girlfriend captured the immediate aftermath and streamed it on Facebook Live.
NBC10 does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.
Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday.