The judge in the trial of comedian Bill Cosby has declared a mistrial after a jury of five women and seven men were unable to reach a decision in a case which accused Cosby of at least three charges of aggravated indecent assault. The case will be retried, according to prosecutors.
In a statement following the announcement of a mistrial, a Cosby spokesman read out a statement criticizing the prosecution team and the judge. “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,” read the scathing message, which was written by Cosby’s wife Camille.
As for attorney Gloria Allred, one of the representatives for the accusers of Cosby, she said that she hopes more witnesses are allowed to testify during the next attempt at this trial, and warned Cosby’s camp from celebrating too early. This was a sentiment echoed by one of the accusers, Linda Kirkpatrick. She said that their main purpose is to look for reform in society, “uncovering the rape culture in this country where victims are blamed and shamed.” District Attorney Kevin Steele also expressed an optimistic tone over the decree, saying that “Our plan is to move this case forward as soon as possible.” Steele also gave his compliments to the jury for their efforts in giving this case the seriousness it merits, and also felt that it was at least a “good outcome” that two of the accusers could face Cosby face to face in court.