Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex assault case but retrial planned

By REUTERS
June 17, 2017 18:08
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A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after the jury said it could not reach a verdict, but prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits.

About 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, effectively ending the long career of the entertainer once known as "America's dad" for his role in the 1980s television hit "The Cosby Show." The case was the only one to result in a criminal trial, largely because the other accusations were too old to prosecute.

The jurors, who spent 53 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts on whether Cosby was guilty of three counts of aggressive indecent assault against college administrator Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

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