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Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Thanks Supporters for 'Love & Kindness'

20 June 2017

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Summary: Bill Cosby's rape case ended in a mistrial this weekend.

Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The woman whose police complaint led to Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is thanking supporters in the wake of the jury deadlock.

Cosby - who is legally blind and carries a cane - then had to endure a taxing trial, the attorney said.

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The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Prosecutors are trying to keep them a secret.

The judge will consider whether to release the jurors' names at a hearing on Tuesday. "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", McMonagle said as he stood under the portico of the courthouse with Cosby. Media organizations urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

Cosby had hoped to bring one other witness - a Temple University advisor who claimed to have heard Constand describing a plan to win money from a celebrity - but Judge O'Neill blocked it. According to the prosecution, if the jurors names are made public, they will be subjected to a "publicity onslaught" and picking a second jury will become well nigh impossible. The prosecution is asking the Judge not to release the names.

Though it's only been two days since a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of Bill Cosby, the comedian's criminal defense attorney is already expressing confidence that his client will be acquitted if he's tried again. He spoke Monday to WDVE, the radio station that broadcasts the Pittsburgh Steelers games.

McCoskey said he was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the jury was deadlocked. Cosby's sex assault case was ruled a mistrial Saturday.

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The 44-year-old Toronto woman accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.

Cosby acknowledged that he had cheated on his wife with Constand, but he said that their relationship was consensual. The trial took place outside Philadelphia, but the jury came from the Pittsburgh area.

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McCloskey and the five other alternates did not participate in the 52 hours of deliberations that eventually left the 12-person jury hung and were kept separate from the panel.

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Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Thanks Supporters for 'Love & Kindness'