Women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared optimistic Saturday despite their disappointment that a mistrial was declared in the criminal case against the comedian. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.
She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. Defense Attorney, Brian McMonagle also made a statement saying that Cosby became the focus of these accusations because he was an easy target for the woman who thought they could get money out of him.
Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby's legacy - so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.
Thomas advises people to file a police report within the time allowed by a state's statute of limitations and urged state governments to abolish such statutes for rape and sexual assault.
"When there are only two people involved there is always a 'he said, she said" element - so who are you going to believe?
Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution.
Judy Huth says she was molested at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.
Cosby stood outside the courtroom as his lawyers welcomed the mistrial, but the actor himself did not comment on the news.
When the scandal erupted, he was embarking on a career comeback expected to cement his legacy.
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The entertainer's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial.
Gloria Allred, a feminist lawyer who counts dozens of Cosby's accusers among her clients, issued a warning to the comedian.
Linda Kirkpatrick, one of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, told CNN shortly after the mistrial the entire ordeal had forced those accusing the star to relive a terrible time in their lives. A former employee of Cosby's alma mater, she alleges that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004.
Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday.
Though the prosecution wanted to put a dozen of the others who have said he drugged and/or violated them on the stand, the judge allowed the jury to hear from only one of them.
North Philadelphia native and activist Bird Milliken, who said she attended every other day of the trial, on Saturday held a sign that read "Perseverance to All Survivors". "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", said her statement, which was read by Wyatt and tweeted by her husband. She also attacked the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.
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.
A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom.
As talk turned to a possible retrial for Cosby, "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani asked if it were possible to find a jury not biased because of his fame.