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Camille Cosby and Others React to the Bill Cosby Jury Verdict

Camille Cosby

Mr. Cosby’s wife released a biting statement, which was also posted on Mr. Cosby’s Twitter account.

“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. 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.

Historically, people have challenged injustices. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence; which is the rightful way to make a sound decision … ultimately, that is a manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies. As a very special friend once stated, ‘truth can be subdued, but not destroyed.’

Moreover, I express humongous gratitude to counselors Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa for their hard work. Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truths; 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 … and to our children, grandchildren, and other family who loves us … and to our dear friends and supporters, who never gave up on us, despite it all.”


Brian J. McMonagle, Mr. Cosby’s lead attorney.

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Brian McMonagle

Outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Mr. Cosby’s lawyer said this about the mistrial.

“Mr. Cosby began this trial presumed innocent, and he leaves it that way. There were no winners here, but like the song goes, ‘You don’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you get what you need.’ If the case is retried, know that I will once again put them to the test.”


Andrea Constand departing the courtroom on Friday.

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Andrea Constand’s lawyers

Ms. Constand’s legal team released a statement thanking the Montgomery County district attorney’s office, the police officers and detectives who worked on the case, the jury and others.

“We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced. We commend those prosecutors who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the effect the drug has on the victim’s memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury.”

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Kristen Houser, the chief public affairs officer at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, issued a statement that emphasized the difficulty of prosecuting sexual assault cases. Ms. Houser’s statement also noted the difficulties that victims face in court.

“The proceedings in the Cosby trial over the past two weeks have also demonstrated the widespread challenges encountered by victims of sexual assault and prosecutors across the country. The American public often expects victims of sexual assault to behave in ways that are frequently different from how they actually behave.”


Lena Dunham

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Reaction on social media

Others used Twitter to express disappointment or outrage at the mistrial. The writer and actress Lena Dunham tweeted support for survivors of sexual assault.

The Twitter account for the Women’s March condemned the mistrial.

Several other women who have accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault released statements. Jake Tapper of CNN tweeted Beth Ferrier’s statement.


Judd Apatow

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The writer and producer Judd Apatow also weighed in on Twitter, criticizing Mr. Cosby.

Meanwhile, Kumail Nanjiani, who stars in the HBO show “Silicon Valley” posed a question on Twitter that will probably come up when the case is retried.

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