Comedian Bill Cosby was freed after Pennsylvania's highest court overturned a 2018 verdict that found him guilty of sexual assault.
Convicted for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, Bill Cosby could become the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.
A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.
The judge sent the seven men and five women back to their hotel Tuesday evening after the jurors indicated they were exhausted from listening to 5½ hours of arguments.
Women who say comedian Bill Cosby knocked them out with intoxicants and sexually assaulted them decades ago are finally getting a chance to confront him — and they aren't holding back.
District Attorney Kevin Steele highlighted the 2006 civil settlement during his opening statement, in an apparent attempt to suggest Cosby wouldn't have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false.
The judge in Cosby's retrial ruled that his lawyers can call a witness who says his accuser talked about framing a celebrity. He also ruled that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid the accuser in a 2006 civil settlement.
A Pennsylvania judge rejected the defence motion, saying it was the jury's job to decide at his upcoming retrial if his accuser is credible.
Cosby is due in court for a pretrial hearing ahead of a second trial in which he is accused of drugging and molesting university women's basketball official. The first trial on the same charges ended with a hung jury.
The judge sitting over the case declared a mistrial after the jury deliberating the case was found to be in deadlock. The declaration amounts to a blow for the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault.
The jury deliberated for four hours on Monday as to whether the famed comedian Bill Cosby was guilty of sexual assault. On Tuesday their deliberations resumed.
Bill Cosby opted not to testify and his lawyer said the relationship he and his accuser had was that of lovers who had enjoyed secret "romantic interludes."
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