Bill Cosby Plans For Future Despite Pending Lawsuits

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

What's next for the man once known as "America's Dad" after a judge declared a mistrial in the aggravated indecent assault case against Bill Cosby?

"Cases such as this one are hard to prosecute when there is a delay in reporting and no (forensic) evidence", says NY criminal defense attorney Stuart Slotnick who's been following the case for more than two years.

On the sixth day of deliberations, Judge Steven O'Neill declared that the jury of seven men and five woman were deadlocked in a legal battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past.

Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, however this was the only case to result in criminal charges against the star to date due to statutes of limitation.

However, Angela Agrusa, one of Cosby's lawyers, said: "Today was very important". In Cosby's case, that could have involved the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s.

They deliberated for 52 hours over six days.

A sliver of Gianna Constand's testimony that the jury had just heard.

Constand was the manager of the woman's basketball team at Temple University, where the comedian was a member of the board of trustees and a major booster.

His lawyer claimed the entertainer and Ms Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family. As "The Cosby Show" came to a close in the spring of 1992, Los Angeles was afire over the acquittal of four police officers in the Rodney King beating. Cosby was facing up to 10 years for each of the counts against him. The comedian, 37 years her elder, twice made what she called "suggestive" passes at her, but she rebuffed him, she said.

"Now that there's going to be a new trial, I'm hoping that the court will allow more prior bad act witnesses, more accusers, to be able to testify so that the jury can take into consideration what their allegations are as well", Allred said. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified.

"She will absolutely come back again", she said.

"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said.

"I want to get back to the laughter and enjoyment of things that I've written and things that I perform on stage", he told CNN host Michael Smerconish last month on his radio program on the SiriusXM POTUS channel.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling.

Cosby has been married for 50 years.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

Yes. If he had been convicted, prosecutors say Cosby would have had to register as a sex offender and face an assessment to determine whether he was a sexually violent predator.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors. But I'm incredibly hopeful hearing the district attorney saying he would retry this case. The evidence that he drugged her, or any woman, could not be proven based on the unverified evidence presented by Steele.

Constand eventually filed a civil lawsuit that was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", escorted Cosby into court on the first day of the trial.

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