Once considered America’s favorite TV dad, Bill Cosby’s fall from grace has been nothing less than drama filled. The nation watched in shock as sex allegations about Cosby come to surface after comedian Hannibal Burress called Cosby a rapist during his standup act that was caught on video and shared online. As more than 50 women spoke out about allegations of sexual misconduct by Cosby. Many considered this the beginning of the end for the legendary comedian’s public reputation and career.
In December 2014 the Associated Press petitioned the courts to unsealed documents in a settled 2005 sexual battery and defamation lawsuit filed against Cosby by Andrea Constand. Cosby legal team fought hard against the request but U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno granted the Associated Press’s motion citing that “The subject of serious allegations concerning improper and perhaps criminal conduct, is a matter as to which the Associate Press and by extension the public has a significant interest.” As a result, the Montgomery County authorities reopened the 2005 criminal case in August 2015 prompting Cosby to enter a not guilty plea after his arrest on December 30, 2015. After repeated failed attempts to dismiss the case, Cosby’s lawyers prepared for the trial of his life on June 5, 2017.
The world watched with baited breathe as the exhausted jury deliberated 52 hours before finally saying that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. This resulted in a hung jury leading the Judge to declare the case a mistrial. As enthusiastic response from Cosby’s legal team filled the room, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to retry the case in 2018 and bring Bill Cosby to justice.