Cosby mistrial, prosecutors vow to retry.

After lengthy deliberations jury is unable to reach a verdict in Cosby assault trial.

Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges has been declared a mistrial after a US jury ended without a verdict on Saturday.

Jurors deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn’t agree on whether the star of The Cosby Show star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The outcome is considered something of a win for the veteran star.

But prosecutors said they would retry the 79 year old, who remains charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The comedian’s career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralysed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women that cast Cosby — married more than 50 years — as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them.

Constand, 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

“There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why? Because he drugged her to do this,” the prosecutor told jurors. “She spent a lot more time trying to forget what happened than trying to remember that night.”

Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career. But TV networks had long since scrapped plans for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition testimony became public.

Source: Reuters