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Bill Cosby speaks with members of the media as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

It was a stunning development - and a momentary victory - for the 79-year-old pioneering black entertainer who risked spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted of assaulting former university employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago.

In a letter read outside court, Cosby's wife, Camille, called District Attorney Kevin Steel's actions in bringing charges "heinous" and also took shots at the media and judge.

Cosby has however been granted bail.

After the mistrial, Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. At its conclusion ― after 52 hours of deliberation left a jury of 12 in a deadlock ― they reacted with both sadness and continued determination.

The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.

"The vitriol in it to me was over the top considering that (more than 50) accusers came forward and Cosby was not found innocent". Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truth; Ms. Agrusa for her thorough research to bolster counsel McMonagle; to Mr. Andrew Wyatt for his unequivocal skills in public relations; to our team, who worked diligently and intelligently; to our staffs for their continuous commitment to our family and me.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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Before the trial, Cosby told CNN's Michael Smerconish that he wants to return to comedy and activism.

"I personally can not thank Andrea Constand enough", she said.

Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen Show, wrote " I BELIEVE YOU" to the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault.

Less than 48 hours later, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts. Allred said that "we can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity" and vowed that "justice will come".

At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees.

Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents many of Cosby's accusers, told reporters Saturday outside court in Norristown that it's "not over until it's over". The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.

Cosby himself did not address the small crowd - and his manner was far from the jokey one he had had interacting with supporters at the courthouse over the previous two weeks, when he would often repeat the "Hey, hey, hey" greeting that had become a catchphrase in his '70s animated series "Fat Albert". "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement said.

While Simpson was acquitted in the 1995 criminal case, a jury in the civil case ordered him to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman, who were together when they were killed.