Iconic comedian Bill Cosby's highly-publicised indecent assault trial has come to a dramatic close with a hung jury verdict.
The decision was announced on Saturday, June 17 in the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom after a jury spent several days debating historic abuse allegations levied against the former star of The Cosby Show.
After more than 50 hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a verdict, telling the court they were "deadlocked on all counts", according to NBC News.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill then declared a mistrial, and CBS adds that the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said it will immediately retry the case. Cosby remains free on bail.
Speaking after the decision was announced, one of Cosby's lawyers Brian McMonagle said: "The judge is right: justice is real.
"We came here looking for an acquittal. But like that Rolling Stone song says, 'you don't always get what you want'. Sometimes you get what you need."
Cosby's publicist Andrew Wyatt also spoke outside the courthouse, telling reporters that his client felt the verdict was a "total victory".
"Mr Cosby's power is back - it's back. It has been restored," Wyatt said. "The jurors, they used their power to speak. So the legacy didn't go anywhere, it has been restored."
Cosby was originally charged by the Montgomery County district attorney's office with using drugs to assault Temple University employee Andrea Constand without her consent while she was unconscious.
The jury heard Constand's recollection that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home back in January 2004 - charges that the comedian has always strongly denied.
At various points throughout the preliminary hearings and during the actual trial, Cosby's high-priced legal team have argued that racial bias and unfair media coverage influenced this 13-year-old incident going before a judge.
During closing statements to the jury on Monday (June 12), Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle argued directly to the jury that there were too many inconsistencies in Constand's version of events to justify a conviction.
In her own statement on the witness stand, Constand testified that Cosby took advantage of her trust by offering what he described as three 'herbal' pills during their 2004 meeting.
Although the defence refused to rule out Cosby taking the stand to defend himself throughout the trial, the 79-year-old ultimately was not called as a witness by his lawyers.
More than 60 women have accused Cosby of historic sexuality impropriety dating back to the mid-1960s, but only Constand's allegations have led to formal charges. Cosby denies all allegations.
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