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Statement from Cosby's wife assailing judge, prosecutors

18 June 2017

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the sixth day of deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 17, 2017.

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The jury deliberated for 52 hours before the judge declared a mistrial and afterwards prosecutors said they would seek a re-trial.

"We've been at this now for 10 days [including testimony]", Judge Steven O'Neill reportedly told the jury on Friday. The jury had come back to the judge on Thursday telling the judge they were deadlocked but O'Neill asked them to go back and try to come up with a verdict.

Cosby's lawyers have said he and Constand were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.

The depositions were given during a civil lawsuit filed by Constand, a former administrator of the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater Temple University.

The mistrial, which Cosby's lawyers had supported, means that prosecutors will need to decide whether to retry Cosby on the charges at a later date.

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Meanwhile, Cosby's wife Camille has issued a statement criticizing the judge, prosecutors, and journalists. He also dismissed the district attorney's pledge to retry the case.

The jury appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question to believe: Constand's or Cosby's. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

Victoria Valentino, who for two weeks has been attending the trial against Cosby - the man she says drugged and sexually assaulted her decades ago - told NBC News that she would not give up her fight for the truth. Cosby remains charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The portion of her mother's testimony where she talks about a 2.5-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the alleged assault.

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.

In the deposition, which was released in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with. The deposition's in Constand's civil suit were released and the Montgomery County D.A.'s office made a decision to reopen the case and arrested Cosby. They argued Cosby gave that testimony with the understanding that he wouldn't face criminal charges.

Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career.

Statement from Cosby's wife assailing judge, prosecutors