A judge in Pennsylvania has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby rape case, after a jury deliberated for 52 hours but failed to reach an agreement on whether or not the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.
They first informed Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but were instructed to keep trying.
The court reporter read back portions of Andrea Constand's testimony describing how Cosby drugged her and then sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. The judge ordered the panel to continue their deliberation until they can reach a verdict.
Several of the women have continuing cases in which they have sued Cosby for slander after his representatives suggested that their accounts were fabrications.
"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. In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum. Heinously and exploitatively ambitious, ' Camille Cosby said in the statement.
At the time of the incident, she was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees.
Constand testified that the pills, which Cosby did not identify at the time, left her disoriented and unable to resist.
Criminal law professor Jody Armour wonders if the bitter divide over social issues that is evident in American politics was at work in the jury room.
Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial finished for the night Friday, still at an impasse, and Cosby spoke outside the courthouse, thanking the jurors and saying "Happy Father's Day".
Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and lacked physical evidence.
Cosby's wife Camille slammed Steele and the judge after the mistrial.
Cosby showed no immediate reaction. It just means that this is an opportunity to retry it", she said, adding: "It's not over till it's over. They asked a series of questions throughout the day, but on Saturday, shortly after they were to resume deliberations, it became clear that there would be no verdict. "Everyone is assuming one way or another", said O'Neill.
It was the only criminal case to arise from claims from more than 60 women that cast Cosby, who has been married more than 50 years, as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them. On the other hand, if most of the jurors were quite willing to convict, and there were only one or two recalcitrant holdouts, it would make more sense to try to case again.