Friday, 20 October, 2017

Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ends in mistrial for U.S. comedian-actor

Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock At impasse, Bill Cosby jury tests patience of judge, defence
Howard Terry | 18 June, 2017, 00:45

Within a few months of the alleged assault, Constand moved back to her native Canada where she lived with her mother. "And this is the day that the Lord has made America trust again".

He allegedly gave her pills that paralyzed her and left her unable to resist when he started touching her in his Philadelphia home. She said that the star brought her three blue pills, telling her they would help her relax and they were safe. "So we hope that this case sends a strong message that victims of this type of case can come forward and be heard on what has happened to them, so that the prosecutors and investigators will take a hard look at these cases and treat them with the respect that they deserve". That's where authorities say Cosby met Constand. He described their previous encounters as "social and romantic". Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the District Attorney. Their stories are joined by numerous others that, together, "paint a picture of a serial and methodical sexual predator who used his celebrity to exploit women", HuffPost's Emma Grey writes.

One of the most popular television series in history, it propelled Cosby - a man raised by a maid and a US Navy cook - into a life of fame and wealth.

Little testimony about other accusations against Cosby was allowed in the Pennsylvania trial because of the strict standards for admitting evidence in criminal cases.

NBC and Netflix ditched projects involving him while TV Land removed reruns of "The Cosby Show" from its programming schedule. Cosby and Constand met while Constand was employed at Temple University as a member of the women's basketball program.

Constand herself sued Cosby in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed sum.

All the while, Cosby maintained his innocence through his lawyers, who called the accusers liars and opportunists.

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true", said John P. Schmitt, calling the allegations "decade-old" and "discredited".

The news came early for those on the West coast, but reactions began coming in soon after the mistrial announcement.

Tamara Green, the next woman to publicly accuse Cosby after Constand, filed a defamation suit.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents both Allison and Kirkpatrick, warned the Cosby camp his accusers were far from finished.

Bill Cosby countersued them in December 2015, saying they defamed him.

More than 50 women claim Cosby sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1960s, when he emerged as a major comedy star.

Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo.

There's no doubt he said under oath, during a deposition, that he bought Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to bed.

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