U.S. judge declares mistrial in Cosby sexual assault case

A U.S. judge declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, after the jury deadlocked following more than 50 hours of deliberations over whether to convict the fallen TV star on Saturday.

Prosecutors quickly announced that they would retry Bill Cosby after his sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury.

The jury informed Judge Steven T. O'Neill it was "deadlocked on all counts" in a note Saturday morning.

Prosecutors say Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

Bill Cosby speaks with members of the media as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

The three charges accuse Cosby of assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to impair her ability to consent.

Cosby sat at the defense table, appearing still and solemn.

"We're going to retry the case", said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.

Free on a $1 million bail, Cosby - who says he is legally blind - hung his head and made no comment before leaving the court in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, escorted by his representatives.

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Gianna Constand also testified that Cosby described the encounter through their phone conversations.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court.

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. It's a set of instructions that asks jurors to re-examine their own views and opinions, and there is no limit to how many times a judge can issue it.

The trial has irrevocably damaged the legacy of Cosby, once a towering figure in United States popular culture best known for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit 1984-92 TV series "The Cosby Show".

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse.

It is also a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby.

The Canadian said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers. Cosby's attorneys argued the sexual contact was consensual and worked to highlight inconsistencies in Constand's testimony on cross-examination. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", escorted Cosby into court on the first day of the trial. The judge has refused, saying jurors are permitted under the law to deliberate as long as they want.

Deliberations resume Saturday. Jurors have been working for 52 hours since getting the case on Monday.

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