Sunday 23 July 2017

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Prosecutors have said they will retry veteran entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury.

Jurors deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether the Cosby Show star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The judge at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, then declared a mistrial.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.

The 79-year-old had been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

His lawyer said the entertainer and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

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Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against the star.

He will remain free on $1 million bail.

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