Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Retrial Set to Begin Five Months After Jury Deadlocked

Bill Cosby will face another day in court when his sexual assault retrial begins this fall.

A judge announced today that the comedian and actor will go on trial again beginning November 6.

That date will mark nearly five months since a judge declared his sexual assault trial a mistrial. After 52 hours of deliberations, the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.

“You’ve worked so hard,” the judge told the panel of seven men and five women. “I’m compelled to declare a mistrial. It is neither a vindication or a victory. This was the justice system.”

The comedian had been charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania. Bill has maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

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After a mistrial was declared, District Attorney Kevin Steele called Andrea “courageous” for coming forward and staying strong during the trial.

“She is a positive person and has kept all of us going while waiting for the jury to come back,” he told reporters. “She will continue to cooperate with us and I look forward to her getting a verdict in this case.”

In comparison, Bill’s wife Camille Cosby slammed the prosecution and judge after the case ended in a mistrial.

“How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious,” she said in a statement. “How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical.”

Camille continued, “Historically, people have challenged injustices. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence; which is the rightful way to make a sound decision…ultimately, that is a manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies.”

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One jury member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ABC News that 10 of the 12 jurors thought Bill was guilty on the first and third felony count; one juror thought he was guilty on the second count.

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