Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt wasted no time on Saturday after the sexual assault trial of his client ended in a mistrial.
“Mr. Cosby’s power is back,” Wyatt said after a hung jury deadlocked on three felony charges that his client drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2004. “It’s back. It has been restored.”
Wyatt also took a shot at Gloria Allred, the high-profile lawyer representing several women in civil cases against Cosby who have made similar accusations of sexual assault without consent — her clients do not include Andrea Constand, the plaintiff in the criminal case.
“For all those attorneys who conspired, like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class,” Wyatt said in a statement outside the courthouse.
In his brief comments, during which he also quoted former Black Panther Huey P. Newton, Wyatt praised the jurors for using their “power” to prevent the ’80s TV icon from being found guilty and potentially serving up to 10 years in prison.
District attorney Kevin Steele, who prosecuted the case, said he will retry the case but that Cosby remains free on bail until a new trial date is set, ideally within 120 days.
“I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory,” O’Neill told the courtroom in Norristown, Penn., just outside Philadelphia, after declaring a mistrial in the high-profile case.
The jury of seven men and five women failed to reach a unanimous verdict on all three felony counts after five days and 52 hours of deliberations.
More than 60 women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault since a viral stand-up bit by comedian Hannibal Buress in 2014, although this was the first time the comedian faced criminal charges, as the statute of limitations had run out in most other cases.