Hollywood reacts to Bill Cosby mistrial

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A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record. We are sprouting up.

Prosecutors have said they will bring a fresh trial after the judge halted the current case by declaring it a mistrial.

Constand is ready to go to trial again, said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom.

The Temple University employee claims Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

Linda Kirkpatrick, one of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, told CNN shortly after the mistrial the entire ordeal had forced those accusing the star to relive a frightful time in their lives.

Lawyers for Cosby, 79, have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine. The jury got the case Monday, and first declared itself deadlocked Thursday on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Three are defamation cases in which accusers say Cosby defamed them as liars, and two are civil assault lawsuits.

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As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure.

"I just want to wish all of the fathers a happy Father's Day", Cosby said.

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".

This story has been corrected to show that an associate of Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby's spokesman, read Camille Cosby's statement, not Wyatt himself. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". She did not comment publicly. But it's a double bind to say both that years ago we would never have taken that case, and now that we might, it happened too long ago for us to even consider it. I told you that when you look over here, you'll see different things: "You'll see a great comedian, an artist, who taught us not only how to smile but how to love".

"Now that there's going to be a new trial, I'm hoping that the court will allow more prior bad act witnesses, more accusers, to be able to testify so that the jury can take into consideration what their allegations are as well", Allred said.

The prosecution spent five days, painstakingly trying to build their case, calling Constand to the stand, her mother and another woman who alleged that Cosby also drugged and assaulted her in Bel Air in 1996.

Pennsylvania law allows sentencing judges to consider uncharged conduct.

The defense sought to emphasize inconsistencies in Constand's testimony upon cross examination, according to multiple media reports.

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