Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2017

Andrea Constand thanked her supporters after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in her sexual assault case against Bill Cosby. The 44-year-old is reportedly gay, a factor that may call into question Cosby's argument that she consented to their sexual encounter.

The aging comedian has denied wrongdoing and his camp blasted the judge and prosecutors from the courthouse steps.

On Tuesday, Judge Steven O'Neill will be asked at a hearing to release the jurors' names but the prosecutors are fighting to keep their identities closed for fear of a "publicity onslaught" and difficulty when choosing a jury for the retrial. Media from around the world descended on Norristown and packed two courtrooms to report on the proceedings and the more than 52 hours of jury deliberations that ended when the panel declared it was hopelessly deadlocked. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came. Cosby's sex assault case was ruled a mistrial Saturday.

In it, Cosby referred to Gianna as "mum" as he recalled in graphic detail that he gave her daughter, then 31, an orgasm. While each juror is allowed to talk publicly about his/her own conclusions, none of them are allowed to reveal any of their fellow jurors' respective decisions or sidings.

Mike McCloskey sat down with Channel 11 Monday to discuss the high-profile case where he served as an alternate juror.

He says he "probably" would have voted to convict, though he did not take part in the deliberations. "The jurors, they used their power to speak", the spokesman said. Media organizations including The Associated Press 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".

Prosecutors are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret, arguing in court documents Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" and make picking a jury for Cosby's planned retrial more hard. Aside from Constand, several other women have also accused the actor of sexually abusing them for decades.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said he intends to retry Cosby on three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

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