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Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Releases Statement Thanking Jury

18 June 2017
Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Releases Statement Thanking Jury

Shortly after a mistrial was declared in the sexual assault case against comedian Billy Cosby, his wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, lashed out on Saturday at the courts and media.

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.

It's likely that the evidence will take the case right back into the Montgomery County Courthouse, the site of much activity the past two weeks since the Cosby trial got started.

"We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced", the statement reads. But Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy model who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her decades ago, had a message for him: "You're not off the hook, buddy". At this time, the Pennsylvania case is the only one to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, remained calm but appeared exhausted as the mistrial was declared.

Linda Kirkpatrick, one of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, told CNN shortly after the mistrial the entire ordeal had forced those accusing the star to relive a disgusting time in their lives.

Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light.

She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

"The Ellen Show" producer Andy Lassner said, "I believe you".

Prosecutors found themselves back to square one Saturday after the judge declared a mistrial following more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days.

"We came here looking for an acquittal, but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need, '" defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters.

Prosecutors immediately said Saturday they will retry the case. On Friday, they asked the judge for the definition the words.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Answering concerns about the cost of retrying such a high-profile case in the sleepy burb of Norristown, Steele was adamant.

She joined a small group of accusers who stood in the stately courtroom, hugging a smiling Constand, while Cosby sat impassively at the defense table with his attorneys. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", said her statement, which also called the counsels for the accusers "totally unethical".