Andrea Constand thanked her supporters after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in her sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.
The judge granted the mistrial on Saturday after the jury declared that after a six-day, 52-hour trial they were “hopelessly deadlocked.” The district attorney said they would retry the case against Cosby.
Countless women came forward against Cosby, saying that he also drugged and assaulted them. Constand, from Toronto, was the only one to have a case result in criminal charges.
On Tuesday, Constand, 44, took to Twitter to say that she is eternally grateful for the messages she has received. Constand accused Cosby of sexually assaulting and drugging her at his home in Philadelphia in 2004. Constand worked at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University.
After the mistrial result, Cosby’s spokesperson said that the actor now has the power back and that his legacy has not been tarnished. “It has been restored. The jurors, they used their power to speak. And Mrs. Cosby’s power is back. So the legacy didn’t go anywhere, it has been restored.”
On Tuesday, Judge Steven O’Neill will be asked at a hearing to release the jurors’ names but the prosecutors are fighting to keep their identities closed for fear of a “publicity onslaught” and difficulty when choosing a jury for the retrial. The media are asking the judge to release them, stating that the public has a right to know the trial followed an impartial process.
While the case ended in a mistrial, district attorney Kevin Steele says that they plan on retrying Cosby with the exact same charges and hope to move the case forward quickly.