Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case ended in a mistrial when jurors remained deadlocked after a grueling five days of deliberation, bringing an ambiguous end to the only set of criminal charges to emerge from allegations by dozens of women. - From Philly.com
But outside the courthouse, his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, spoke again as if the mistrial amounted to vindication, saying Cosby’s power had been “restored.” His assistant read a statement from Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, that called Montgomery County prosecutors “heinously and exploitatively ambitious” and judge “overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney.” That ambiguous ending capped off a week’s worth of testimony and another week of deliberations that drew worldwide news coverage and raised questions about the role race, sexual entitlement, a scandal-hungry media and Hollywood’s casting couch culture played in the ruin of a celebrity icon.
Still, the outcome of the trial seems unlikely to quiet the critics who have plagued Cosby for nearly three years – a stretch that has seen him stripped of countless honors and shunned by studios and many former Hollywood friends.
>>READ MORE: A day-by-day recap of the trial Again and again, they pummeled her account, questioning why she told police at various points in 2005 that she had never been alone with Cosby prior to her alleged assault, that she never contacted him again afterward, and that the attack had happened in March 2004 – all claims she would later revise before her testimony last week.
But the contents of those transcripts – including Cosby’s admission that he had obtained drugs in the past to use with women he hoped to seduce – piqued the interest of investigators in Montgomery County, who reopened the case in 2015.
He faces defamation and sexual battery lawsuits filed in two different states – Massachusetts and California — from seven other accusers, some of whom were in the Norristown courtroom throughout the proceedings.