Andrea Constand had next to no words for what transpired in the Pennsylvania courtroom where a jury ended up deadlocked in the Bill Cosby alleged rape case.
Moments after the declared mistrial was a text with one simple image — an emoji of two hands pressed together in prayer.
While 44-year-old Constand is praying for justice the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., the only prosecutor to take a drugging and rape case against Cosby to trial, says he will purse a new trial.
“Our plan is to move this case forward as soon as possible,” he said, just after the jury found itself hung following five days of deliberations.
The driving force behind going back to court is out of respect for the GTA woman, who at the time of the alleged drugging and sexual assault in 2004 was manager of the women’s basketball program at Temple University.
The decision, Steele told the court, “lies in the fact that she’s entitled to a verdict in this case.”
Constand testified she had been given three pills and became “frozen” and “semi-unconscious” and described being sexually touched by Cosby in his Philadelphia mansion.
However, 79-year-old Cosby’s defence counsel Angela Agrusa argued the sex was consensual.
“We are just in awe of what she has done,” Steele said of the athletic therapist, who lives and works in Toronto but was in the courtroom with her mother, who also testified.
While Steele may have concern for the victim, Cosby’s wife Camille did not mention her, or her husband, in a statement read outside court.
Instead she put across a venomous attack on Steele’s credibility, as well as that of Judge Steven O’Neill and the media.
“How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical,” said Camille Cosby.
“How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.”
She also did not mention that cheating Cosby himself in his own previous agreement with Constand admitted he provided her with pills to relax and engaged in sex with her.
I feel for Constand because clearly it’s not easy to take such an allegation to court.
Cosby himself did not say anything as he left court, but the evening before thanked the jury for its “honest work.”
Famed lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents some of the 60 women who have made similar claims, warns there will be more honest work for a jury to do.
“It’s way to early to celebrate Mr. Cosby because round two is coming and justice may be right around the corner.”