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Celebrities react to Bill Cosby mistrial

23 June 2017

Earlier this morning, the judge presiding over the Bill Cosby case declared a mistrial.

Bill Cosby talks to the news media as he leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse on May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He remains free on bail pending the new trial.

In late 2014, dozens of women went public with accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over the course of his lengthy comedic career and in July 2015, a judge unsealed Cosby's deposition in that 2006 civil lawsuit. "We can never overestimate the blinding power of celebrity", she said after the mistrial was declared.

She also testified that it's not unusual for assault victims to maintain contact with their attackers, an insight that seemed to directly rebut defence suggestions that more than 50 phone calls Constand, now 44, made to Cosby after the alleged assault were proof that she was lying about the alleged attack.

Television producer Andy Lassner tweeted: "To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you: I BELIEVE YOU".

They spent days asking to have testimony read back, including Constand's testimony at trial as well as the first report she made to police in 2005. "Round two may just be around the corner and this time justice will prevail". But if you remind yourself, Mr. Cosby put on a single witness for six minutes in this case as his defense. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.

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Constand did not speak to reporters, but her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said Constand was a "very spiritual person who believes everything happens for a reason". But Camille Cosby's criticism of him was puzzling because he issued an all-important pretrial ruling that seemed to help the defence and dealt a crushing blow to prosecutors.

The 79-year-old commedian's wife lashed out at the District Attorney and lawyers for her husband's accusers. She said: "Try him again".

He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. The state also tried to fortify its case with testimony from Constand's mother and another Cosby accuser, former Hollywood agent assistant Kelly Johnson, who testified she was the victim of a similar assault by Cosby.

Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy model who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her decades ago, had a message for him.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious". Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

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"This isn't talking to a trustee". Reluctantly, she said, she took the pills because she trusted him as a friend and mentor, but soon, she felt whoozy and had blurry vision.

"We will evaluate and review our case". He also confirmed he had slept with Constand.

"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why?" "She spent a lot more time trying to forget what happened than trying to remember that night".

Cosby's trial ended without a verdict.

Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby. His answers, like his comedy routines, meandered from point to point and veered toward stream of consciousness.

Cosby has denied all of the women's claims, saying that any sexual encounters were consensual. He spoke in the deposition of "the penile entrance" and "digital penetration". For the last few years, his TV shows, films, and recorded stand-up performances, one-time broadcast staples, have been considered too toxic to touch, and with the mistrial, they are likely to remain so.

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