Cultural icon Bill Cosby has been on trial for sexual assault over the last two weeks. The trial is the first to come out of revelations that alleged Cosby drugged and then sexually assaulted dozens of women over his career. Most of these incidents happened so long ago that the statute of limitations has set on them. However, one woman alleges that Cosby assaulted her in 2004. A Pennslyvania court agreed to bring it to trial.
After several days of deliberation, the jury was unable to come to a unanimous conclusion, and a mistrial was declared.
More details via CNN:
• Prosecutors announced they will retry the case.
• A spokeswoman for the comedian read a statement from his wife, Camille Cosby, who criticized prosecutors, the judge and the media.
• Her statement read: “How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.”
• Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Cosby’s accusers, said she hopes the court will allow other “prior bad act witnesses” to testify at the next trial. “If the court allows more accusers to testify … it might make a difference. In other words, it’s too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby.”
Prosecutors alleged Cosby drugged and then sexually assaulted a female employee of Temple women’s basketball in 2004. The alleged incident took place inside Cosby’s Pennslyvania home. Cosby’s legal team countered that the sexual rendezvous was consensual and pointed to inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony.
Regardless of what happened or didn’t happen back in 2004, the court of public opinion decided Cosby’s fate already. They have branded him a sexual predator. His television shows are off the air, and he will no longer have any speaking engagements or stand-up comedy shows.
It is a spectacular fall from grace from a man once dubbed “America’s Dad.”
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