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Gloria Allred to Bill Cosby: 'Round 2 is coming'

18 June 2017

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Cosby's accusers, said she hopes the court will allow other "prior bad act witnesses" to testify at the next trial.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home.

Then, a Twitter meme campaign by the Cosby team went awry.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Said Allred: "We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come".

The charges were filed after Andrea Constand accused the star of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 20104 at the star's Philadelphia home. But in most of those cases, the statute of limitations had expired by the time the women told their stories publicly.

"It's way to early to celebrate Mr. Cosby because round two is coming and justice may be right around the corner".

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But the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania, said it would retry the case, Efe news reported.

The statement came the day after NPR broadcast an awkward interview with Cosby - awkward because Cosby did not utter one word when repeatedly asked about the charges against him.

Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver said that if Cosby had been convicted, those allegations could have compelled Judge Steven O'Neill to sentence him closer to 10 years.

"In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn't get there and I was very limp, so I wasn't able to fight him", she said.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby did not testify in his defense. The jury of five women and seven men has been isolated in Pennsylvania since the trial started.

In the civil deposition, Cosby admitted that he had previously obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving the drugs to women with whom he wanted to have sex. "He leaves it presumed innocent", said defense attorney Brian McMonagle. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", Camille, 73, said in a written statement, which was read aloud outside the courthouse by a member of Bill's PR firm.

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Cosby's wife Camille issued a statement following the mistrial in which she decried the "arrogance" of the the judge and the ambition of the prosecuting team, and she called the case an "injustice".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

"I was really nervous and wasn't able to recall every particular moment that I had seen Mr. Cosby in order of dates", she explained. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney.

"This is a case about drug-fuelled sexual assault", he continued. As the court indicted just because a verdict was not reached in one case does not mean it won't be reached the second time around.

He walks away from court a free man, but the prosecution has already said they are pursuing a fresh trial.

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