O'Neill told the jury that if they decide to talk about the case, they should remember that their deliberations are confidential and should not discuss any votes they took or anything other jurors said. Regardless of how that plays out, the road ahead is murky for Cosby. But in the meantime, he is also facing ten civil suits, many of them for defamation. "I'm afraid they believe they are being compelled to come back with a verdict".
Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury.
Still, a handful of lawsuits in federal and state courts could lead to monetary awards against Cosby.
In addition to proving that Cosby assaulted them, Smolla said, they would have to establish that he said something about them beyond denying the allegations, such as calling them known liars or promiscuous.
The most prominent was brought by Tamara Green in federal court in MA. In response, Kristina Ruehli, who claims that Cosby drugged and attempted to sexually assault her in 1965, released her own statement.
By now, Cosby should have been taking an extended victory lap - transitioning into life as "America's Granddad", while practicing the storytelling-driven standup style he turned into an art form. Cosby attorney Martin Singer called that accusation a "fabricated lie".
The jury filed out nearly within arm's reach of Andrea Constand, Cosby's accuser.
"There's a misperception that there's a time limit", he said. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes. She said she wanted it to stop but couldn't fight it. Cosby was facing up to 10 years for each of the counts against him.
Cosby's accomplishments as a comedian and TV star are near unique, in part because of the time in which he achieved them and the nature of his appeal. Chloe Goins sued in May 2016. "Mr. Cosby's power is back".
Before his arrest, the septuagenarian was still cranking out jokes.
Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.
When the panel announced for a second time that they were deadlocked on Saturday morning, leading the judge to declare a mistrial, Allison dabbed tears from her eyes. But he said he still has an "awful lot to offer" in his comedy. Constand "has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said. I think the DA - he has to say he's going to retry.
Cosby's starring role as beloved dad Heathcliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show", along with years of family-friendly standup comedy routines, made him a household name. Side by side, the stories showed the same themes again and again: Women who saw Cosby as a mentor, a father figure or an admired celebrity. Cosby himself didn't even take the stand.