Weeks after Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended in mistrial comes word that a new trial is scheduled to begin in a matter of months.
“Judge O’Neill sets new Cosby trial date: Nov. 6, 2017,” the Montgomery County, Penn. District Attorney’s office announced via Twitter.
Cosby stands accused of drugging and assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his estate more than a decade ago. His legal team has branded the encounter as a consensual, romantic liaison.
“We knew once they heard the truth it was going to be a mistrial or not guilty,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said during a television interview in the days following the end of the legal proceedings. “There were so many inconsistencies in Ms. Constand’s testimony. That jury heard those inconsistencies.”
On June 15, Day 4 of deliberations, the jurors first indicated they were deadlocked but were instructed to keep at it. Two days later after hearing repeatedly the jurors could not reach consensus, the judge finally declared a mistrial.
Afterward Camille Cosby’s spokeswoman read a statement to let everyone how her feelings:
“How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.
Historically, people have challenged injustices. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence; which is the rightful way to make a sound decision….ultimately, that is a manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies. As a very special friend once stated, “truth can be subdued, but not destroyed.”
Moreover, I express humongous gratitude to counselors Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa for their hard work. Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truths; Ms. Agrusa for her thorough research to bolster Counsel McMonagle; to Mr. Andrew Wyatt for his unequivocal skills in public relations; to our team, who worked diligently and intelligently; to our staffs for their continuous commitment to our family and me….and to our children, grandchildren, and other family who loves us…and to our dear friends and supporters, who never gave up on us, despite it all.”
Cosby’s “television daughter,” Atlanta actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, had been with him in court and explained her support during a Wednesday interview with NBC’s “Today Show.”
“It’s easy to be there for someone when things are good,” she said. “I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive.”
She walked with him into court and sat through opening arguments.
“It was important for me to be there,” said Pulliam, who played Rudy as a child on “The Cosby Show” back in the day. The new mom now lives in Atlanta. “I truly believe you’re innocent until proven guilty.”