Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended without a verdict Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Dad.”

Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn’t agree on whether “The Cosby Show” star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The judge then declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors said they would retry Cosby, who remains charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The comedian’s career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse. Judge Steven O’Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision. On Saturday, they came back and told O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women that cast Cosby — married more than 50 years — as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them.

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Cosby smiles

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DA holds a news conference

District Attorney Kevin Steele holds a news conference after a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Celebratory exit

Bill Cosby raises his hand as he exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cheers by an attendee

A woman runs out of the courtroom after a mistrial was declared in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Leaving the courthouse

Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

On guard at the courthouse

A law enforcement officer and K-9 stand outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby arrives on the fifth day

Bill Cosby arrives on the fifth day of jury deliberations of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 16, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Accuser Andrea Constand departs the courtroom

Accuser Andrea Constand departs the courtroom during the fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 16, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

Journalists wait to re enter the courtroom

Journalists wait to re enter the courtroom after being called back in during the fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 16, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

Bill Cosby shakes hands with his lawyer Brian McMonagle

Bill Cosby shakes hands with his lawyer Brian McMonagle as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

A man stands with a sign

A man stands with a sign reading “Free Mr. Cosby” on the fourth day of jury deliberation in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 15, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

A press podium at the trial

Shown is the podium during Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to reporters

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to reporters on the fourth day of jury deliberation in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 15, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Accuser Lili Bernard argues with a Bill Cosby supporter

Accuser Lili Bernard argues with a Bill Cosby supporter outside the Montgomery County Courthouse where Cosby is waiting for deliberations to finish on the ninth day of his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., June 15, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle leaves

Bill Cosby’s defense attorney Brian McMonagle (in car) leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after the third day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial on June 14, 2017 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Children walk past the courthouse

A group of children is walked past the Montgomery County Courthouse where Bill Cosby is waiting for deliberations to finish on the eighth day of his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., June 14, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (L) leaves Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt after a second day of deliberations in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., June 14, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Andrea Constand arrives at the courthouse

Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Matt Rourke/Pool/Reuters)

Bill Cosby’s lawyer Brian McMonagle arrives

Bill Cosby’s lawyer Brian McMonagle arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Matt Rourke/Pool/Reuters)

Closeup of Bill Cosby as he arrives

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives as the jury deliberates during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Andrew Wyatt speaks to the media

Andrew Wyatt, spokesman for actor and comedian Bill Cosby, speaks to the media during a break from the sixth day of Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 13, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Andrea Constand leaves after closing arguments

Andrea Constand (R) leaves the courtroom after the closing arguments of Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 12, 2017. (Photo: David Maialetti/Pool/Reuters)

Reporters work outside the courtroom

Reporters work outside the courtroom during a break in the Bill Cosby trial in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 12, 2017. (Photo: David Maialetti/Pool/Reuters)

Bill Cosby, ith his wife Camille, arrives

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Defence attorneys Agrusa and McMonagle arrive

Defence attorneys Angela Agrusa and Brian McMonagle arrive as the sexual assault trial for comedian Bill Cosby begins its fifth day at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 9, 2017. (Photo: Tom Mihalek/Reuters)

Attorney Allred waits to enter the courtroom

Attorney Gloria Allred waits to enter the courtroom for the fifth day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Pa., June 9, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Journalists and members of the public wait to enter the courtroom f

Journalists and members of the public wait to enter the courtroom for the fifth day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 9, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Victoria Valentino speaks to the media

Victoria Valentino speaks to the media during a break in the fourth day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 8, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Boxes arrive at the courtroom

Boxes arrive at the courtroom during Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 6, 2017. (Photo: Matt Rourke/Pool/Reuters)

Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his trial

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 5, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

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