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Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby case

MISTRIAL: Bill Cosby

A JUDGE has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case, after the jury was deadlocked for a second time.

The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision, following more than 50 hours of deliberations.

Mr Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual.

This now means the US comedian could face new proceedings, but for now, he was able to walk out of court a free man.

Kevin R. Steel, the district attorney from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who brought the charges, could choose to retry the case, but prosecutors are unlikely to do so right away, according to a spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office.

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