Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

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Comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for an earlier court hearing.

Kelly Johnson was the only other accuser allowed to testify at Cosby's trial; the prosecution had wanted to put on 13.

As the hours ticked by without a verdict, tension rose in the courtroom with Cosby's defense team pushing the judge to call a mistrial. Camille Cosby's full statement read, " How do I describe the district attorney?

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors indicated that they will re-try. He is free on $1 million bail.

The judge in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby has declared a mistrial.

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Steele says he's disappointed the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.

Although they made a swift decision Saturday to retry the 79-year-old, prosecutors have up to four months to officially file for retrial, according to the newspaper.

The jury said they were in a deadlock Thursday, but Judge O'Neill asked them to reconsider and come to a unanimous decision.

Constand did not appear at the news conference.

"We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come", said Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents many of Cosby's accusers.

Cosby's face was grim outside of court. It is not yet known whether the case will be retried.

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The jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the night in question, with particular focus on the pills that he gave her before the sexual encounter began.

At that time, Cosby's lawyer made a motion for a mistrial, which was granted.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her. "The big difference is he's been charged with three felonies".

During his criminal case, Cosby - who is reportedly legally blind - has been supported by longtime friends and a few actors, including Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played his TV daughter, Rudy, on "The Cosby Show". Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

The Bill Cosby sex assault case has ended in a mistrial. The judge has refused, saying jurors are permitted under the law to deliberate as long as they want. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors that while Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime.

Deliberations resume Saturday. Jurors have been working for 52 hours since getting the case on Monday. He maintains it was consensual.

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A few days before, The Cosby Show alum yelled his famous Fat Albert line to media and to his supporters outside the courthouse (see the video above).

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