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Cosby's retrial on sex assault charges is set for November

Cosby's retrial on sex assault charges is set for November

Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand after a jury failed to reach a verdict in June.

An order signed Thursday by Judge Steven O'Neill says all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on November 6.

The jury failed to reach a verdict after more than 52 hours of deliberations, leading O'Neill to declare a mistrial on June 17.

Bill Cosby, 79, will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, 44, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004
Bill Cosby, 79, will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, 44, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004

Bill Cosby, 79, will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, 44, at his Pennsylvania home in 2004

Montgomery County will retry Cosby on all three counts. Prosecutor Kevin Steele announced the decision as O’Neill released Cosby who remains charged and on bail in this county on three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Montgomery County will retry Cosby on all three counts. Prosecutor Kevin Steele announced the decision as O’Neill released Cosby who remains charged and on bail in this county on three counts of aggravated sexual assault

Pictured, Cosby with his publicist (left) outside court after a mistrial was declared. The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and remains on bail

Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case
Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case

Pictured, Cosby's accuser Andrea Constand leaveing the courtroom after the jury failed to reach a verdict in more than 52 hours of deliberations

O'Neill, who oversaw the first trial, ordered attorneys to submit jury selection questions and instructions by October 30.

Around 60 women have publicly accused Cosby, 79, of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

Judge Steven O'Neill (above) says all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on November 6
Judge Steven O'Neill (above) says all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on November 6

Judge Steven O'Neill (above) says all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on November 6

Cosby, who faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault, was accused of giving Constand pills that made her unable to stop his advances, according to her testimony. 

The former Director of Basketball for Temple University, where Bill Cosby was a trustee, recalled the evening she went to his Pennsylvania home thinking they would discuss her career plans in 2004.

Instead, the 44-year-old alleged she was drugged and assaulted.

'Put 'em down, they're your friends. They'll help you relax,' Cosby allegedly told Constand, urging her to swallow three blue pills that would leave her unconscious and vulnerable to sexual assault, she told the court. 

Within twenty minutes of taking the pills, she said her legs were unsteady, and her vision was blurry.

She told the court: 'I wasn't able to [tell him to stop or push him away]. I wasn't able to. In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there and I was very limp.' 

Cosby did not testify and the defense spent just minutes presenting their case, calling one witness and arguing that the evidence just did not exist to convict their client. 

The 12-member jury was deadlocked for more than 52 hours before O'Neill declared a mistrial.

Outside the courtroom, Cosby's publicist said: 'Mr Cosby's power's back... the jurors, they used their power to speak... Mrs Cosby's power's back.' 

District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put Cosby on trial again, saying Constand supported the decision.

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