Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in a mistrial on Saturday (June 17), after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault with which the actor had been charged.
The jury of seven men and five women reviewed the case for more than 50 hours over a six-day period.
Earlier in the week, they told the judge that they were deadlocked, but he ordered them to continue deliberating.
On Saturday, they came back and told O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.
Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle immediately moved for a mistrial, which was granted by the judge.
“After 52 hours of deliberation–probably one of the most courageous acts I’ve ever seen — I’m compelled to grant a mistrial,” Judge Steven O’Neill said.
Cosby was expressionless at the judge spoke, his hands trembling slightly as he held his cane to his chest while sitting. Constand sat stone-faced in the front row, opposite from him. Several other female accusers sat behind her and sniffled and sobbed.
The Cosby Show star, walked out of court a free man and was spared from what could have been a 30-year prison sentence. He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. She is among more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, but her allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges. Cosby has denied all claims.
Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, did not take the stand during the weeklong trial, though excerpts from his 2005 and 2006 depositions about his relationship with Constand were read aloud.
On Friday, Cosby spoke to reporters outside the courtroom.
“I just want to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father’s Day and I want to thank all of the jury for their long days, their honest work individually,” he said, as seen in a video on CNN. “I also want to thank the supporters who’ve been here and please to the supporters, stay calm, do not argue with people, just keep up the great support. Thank you all. Thank you.”